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Fentanyl overdoses rise, cartels still eager to funnel more via Arizona

Despite significant seizures of fentanyl over the past year, the lethal synthetic opioid keeps pouring into the country across Arizona’s border with Mexico, the DEA and state DPS say.... Read more»

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5 things Trump gets most wrong about MS-13

The gang is not invading the country. They’re not posing as fake families. They’re not growing. To stop them, the government needs to understand them.... Read more»

Analysis

MS-13 is a street gang, not a drug cartel – and the difference matters

The Trump administration is not the first to mischaracterize MS-13, which conducts vicious but rudimentary criminal activities like extortion, armed robbery and murder. But the group is hardly a lucrative network of criminal masterminds.... Read more»

Guest opinion

McSally: Asylum seekers 'enrich cartels'; vulnerable to MS-13 recruitment

Citing the same U.S. gang repeatedly referred to by the Trump administration, Rep. Martha McSally said Tuesday that "loopholes" in vetting asylum seekers must be ended, as the "daily border caravan" of migrants "enriches the cartel."... Read more»

'Time we get serious’: Az ranchers support Trump’s move to militarize border

By God, it’s time we get serious. And if it takes the military, then do it.” John Ladd did not mince words as he stood at the fence separating Arizona and Mexico, his face shaded by the brim of his straw cowboy hat.... Read more»1

Tucson firearms dealer gets 6.5 years for trafficking guns to Mexican cartels

A Tucson man was sentenced last week to 78 months in federal prison for his role in a gun-running operation that included a former Tucson police officer. Timothy Veninga, holder of a Federal Firearms License, worked to send at least 31 guns to Mexican drug cartels, officials said.... Read more»

Chilling new report cites greater death toll in Mexican massacre

A disturbing report by Mexican researchers provides new details about a 2011 massacre in Allende, a quiet ranching town less than an hour’s drive from the United States, and suggests that many more people were killed in the incident than estimated by Mexican authorities. ... Read more»

Top Democrats demand inquiry Into deadly DEA-led operations

Lawmakers cite a ProPublica investigation and an inspector general report that detail how teams of foreign police officers trained by the DEA were linked to innocent lives lost in Mexico and Honduras.... Read more»

Coke smuggler's arrest unravels alleged corruption of ex-Sonora governor

The arrest of an Hermosillo man for firing guns into the air led to the investigation of nearly two dozen members of Sonora's government, unveiling an alleged deal between a businessman and cocaine smuggler to funnel money into the campaign of Gov. Guillermo Padrés in exchange for rigged construction deals.... Read more»

In Nogales, AG Sessions vows stand against border 'filth'

In his first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border as the attorney general of the United States, Jeff Sessions outlined the Trump administration's approach to border security in martial terms, calling the border "ground zero in this fight" against drug cartels. Rep. Raul Grijalva called the AG a "white supremacist" after his remarks. ... Read more»

BP, agencies seek help fighting ‘sophisticated’ criminal threat at border

The Border Patrol’s chief agent in the Tucson Sector, told a House subcommittee chaired by Rep. Martha McSally that a barrier along the border cannot be the only line of defense against the cartels.... Read more»

Phoenix woman sentenced for attempting to smuggle guns & ammo to Mexico

A Phoenix-area woman will serve 30 months in prison for attempting to smuggle two semi-automatic AK-47-patterned rifles, along with 3,000 rounds of ammunition, and a tripod-mount for a .50-caliber sniper rifle, into Mexico last March. ... Read more»

2 sentenced for roles in drug-related desert shootout

Pedro Ojeda-Ramirez, 24, and Ulises Alaim Saijas-Zamorano, 22, both from Mexico, were sentenced to prison terms of 140 months and 60 months respectively for their roles in a 2016 desert shooting between bandits and cartel scouts in a remote part of the Tohono O'odham Nation. ... Read more»

Appeals court upholds conviction of lookout for border drug smugglers

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a spotter for a group of border drug smugglers, rejecting his argument that his confession was coerced and the government had not presented enough evidence for a conviction.... Read more»

Mexican officials destroy guns connected to 'Operation Fast and Furious'

Mexican authorities in Monterrey destroyed nearly 6,000 firearms during a special ceremony on Tuesday, including 500 weapons connected with Operation Fast and Furious, a botched U.S. federal investigation that lost track of hundreds of firearms after they were purchased by straw buyers in U.S. gun stores. ... Read more»1

Bordering on insecurity

If we hire them, they will come: The demand side of border security

A fundamental truth underlies the nation's collective failure to stop illegal immigration and smuggling over the southern border: The United States demands the cheap labor and drugs. ... Read more»

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