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Mexican officials seize van with drug-lobbing air cannon in Agua Prieta

Mexican officials have again seized a cargo van containing an air cannon designed to launch bundles of marijuana over the fence separating Douglas, Ariz., and its sister city of Agua Prieta, Mexico.... Read more»

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BP agents arrest 20 men for smuggling marijuana near Gila Bend

Border Patrol agents arrested 20 men, dressed in camouflage and carrying backpacks loaded with marijuana, in the desert west of Gila Bend on Tuesday night. The men were carrying a combined 300 pounds of marijuana, worth around $150,000, officials said. ... Read more»

DPS seizes nearly $1M in marijuana near Nogales

An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper inadvertently seized more than 2,600 pounds of marijuana Tuesday after he stopped a van on Interstate 19 north of Nogales. ... Read more»

Women with $119K in marijuana arrested at Douglas crossing

A Mexican woman was arrested Friday after Douglas-area U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered more than 235 pounds of marijuana, worth around $119,000, stashed throughout her truck. ... Read more»

Armed drug scout sentenced to 8 years in prison

A Mexican man was sentenced to more than 8 years in prison Wednesday by a federal judge in Tucson, after he admitted he was working as armed lookout for drug smugglers.... Read more»

Remaining member of 'rip crew' linked to slaying of Brian Terry arrested

Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, 37, was arrested in Mexico and faces extradition to the United States to face first-degree murder charges for the his role in the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed during a nighttime firefight in rugged terrain near Rio Rico in 2010. ... Read more»

After 5 years, family of teen killed by Border Patrol agent frustrated by delays

Five years after the cross-border shooting death of 16-year old Jose Antonio Rodriguez, his family is tired and frustrated after delays that have kept the trial of Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz from beginning until at least March 2018. ... Read more»

New Tucson Sector BP chief wants to shift agents to border, add more technology

After six weeks on the job, the new chief of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector said he wants to shift agents closer to the border, and work closely with Mexican officials to keep illegal traffic, including drugs and people, from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

As border wall prototype construction starts, one Arizona geographer speaks up

President Trump's border wall “would basically be just this massive project for no real apparent reasons other than political expediency and this whole political performance,” said ASU geographer Scott Warren, who lives in Ajo.... Read more»

Authorities ID man shot, killed by BP agents; another man charged with murder, drugs

Rodolfo Ballardo, 31, from Wasco, Calif., was killed by Border Patrol agents after he hijacked a semi-tractor trailer and repeatedly fired a gun at BP agents and DPS troopers during a rolling shootout near Quartzsite. Authorities released his identity Thursday, a day after the incident.... Read more»

Sierra Vista firm gets contract for part of border wall construction

A Sierra Vista company won one of four contracts awarded last week to build prototypes of President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, the second round of awards in as many weeks.... Read more»

Will Trump’s wall stop drug smuggling?

President Donald Trump says that his proposed wall along the Mexico border “will stop much of the drugs from pouring into this country.” We cannot predict the future, but the fact is that most illicit drugs pass undetected through legal ports of entry.... Read more»

Tempe firm among 4 finalists for concrete border wall prototypes

Federal officials have picked four companies, including one from Tempe, Arizona, to build concrete prototypes of President Trump's promised wall along the Southwestern border. ... Read more»

Douglas-area smugglers continue to launch drugs over border wall

On Wednesday evening, Border Patrol agents found a large bundle of about 100 lbs. of marijuana after it was launched over the wall that separates Douglas, Ariz., and Agua Prieta, Sonora. ... Read more»

CBP spent $5 million on lie detector tests for disqualified applicants

Customs and Border Protection spent more than $5 million on lie detector tests for applicants to be Border Patrol agents or customs officers, despite their previously admitting to officials that they were involved in crimes like drug smuggling and human trafficking. ... Read more»

Judge rejects motion to dismiss murder case against BP agent

The case against Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz, accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, will move forward after a federal judge rejected a motion from the defense arguing that the case should be dismissed. ... Read more»

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