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TOPD intercepts man using pack horses to smuggle meth, pot

A Tohono O'odham Police officer arrested a man Wednesday afternoon near the village of Santa Rosa, about 63 miles northwest of Tucson, when he discovered him leading two horses carrying burlap sacks stuffed with narcotics worth more than $123,000.... Read more»

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Napier: Arizona deploying 330 guardsmen to border

The Arizona National Guard will send more than double the number of guardsmen to assist with border enforcement than Gov. Ducey announced last week, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said Monday.... Read more»

Ducey welcomes Trump plan to send National Guard troops to border

The Homeland Security secretary said her agency is working with governors to send National Guard troops to the southern border as quickly as possible. Despite the lack of details, Gov. Ducey tweeted out his support for the plan, saying that “Arizona welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border.”... Read more»

Az sheriffs wait to see details on Trump plan for military on the border

President Trump’s announcement that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left Southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the president’s “big step.”... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Restraint in responding to border 'rockings' goes to core of social contract

On the Swartz murder trial: Policing a free society is harder than patrolling a police state. It's also going to be more dangerous, because the restrictions society places on cops will get some of them killed. But in that distinction are the tiny degrees between heroism and a reign of terror.... Read more»2

Swartz trial: Evidence shows boy still moving when shot in back, expert testifies

An expert in blood spatter testified Wednesday that Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was on the ground and still moving when he was hit by a volley of .40-caliber rounds from a Border Patrol agent's pistol. ... Read more»

Swartz trial: 4 new witnesses describe shooting death of Mexican teen

Four additional witnesses described their recollections of the events surrounding the killing of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, who was shot to death by Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz in Nogales more than five years ago.... Read more»

Swartz trial: 2 BP agents describe shooting death of Mexican teenager

The testimony of two key witnesses in court Thursday provided further details into the actions of a Border Patrol agent accused of murder in the death of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez during a cross-border shooting in Nogales more than five years ago. ... Read more»

Prosecutors: BP agent 'calmly & deliberately' shot at Mexican teenager

Federal prosecutors argued that Lonnie Ray Swartz, the agent on trial for murder in the death of a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, "calmly and deliberately" walked up the fence and shot his pistol, firing 16 rounds in 34 seconds. ... Read more»

BP agent's murder trial begins Wednesday

Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz will face trial for second-degree murder, charged with unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales. A jury was chosen Tuesday in the case. ... Read more»

Jury will hear evidence that Mexican teen may have climbed fence before being killed by BP agent

A federal judge will allow defense lawyers to present evidence that a Mexican teenager, shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in 2012, may have climbed the bollard fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico, leaving rust stains on his shoes. ... Read more»

Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric deters families, not drug smugglers

The number of apprehensions of undocumented immigrants on the southern border has decreased, but the smuggling of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine has increased.... Read more»

No cross-exam about Army desertion in BP agent's murder trial

Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager, cannot be cross-examined about his military record, including his arrest for desertion, a federal judge ruled.... Read more»

Judge refuses to remove prosecutors from BP agent's murder trial

U.S. Attorneys in Arizona will continue prosecuting the case against Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, after a federal judge rejected a motion that argued federal officials withheld evidence. ... Read more»

CBP: Motorhome yields 2nd largest pot seizure in Lukeville history

A Phoenix-area resident was arrested Saturday with nearly 2,500 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $1.2 million, stashed throughout his motorhome at the Lukeville port of entry, authorities said. ... Read more»

The most important border stories of 2017

While much of our coverage was based on the raucous actions of the Trump administration, TucsonSentinel.com delved into some hidden corners of the borderlands, including a story about a decorated Marine who faces deportation despite being a U.S. citizen, a story that uses documents that describe how the ex-governor of Sonora may have been linked to a cocaine smuggler, and the trial of a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager. ... Read more»

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