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Meth gathers alarming momentum

The opioid epidemic has killed tens of thousands over the last two years and driven major reforms in law enforcement and public health policies for people with addiction. But another deadly but popular drug, methamphetamine, also has been surging in many parts of the country. ... Read more»

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Yuma Sector agents seize $400,000 in heroin at Greyhound station

Yuma Sector agents seized more than 20 pounds of heroin worth more than $400,000 at a Greyhound bus station in Blythe, Calif., on Wednesday, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP: Drug dog sniffs out nearly 7 tons in pot in bell pepper load

A drug dog sniffed out nearly 7 tons of marijuana, worth an estimated $6.85 million, hidden among a load of bell peppers, one of two large seizures made by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers on Saturday. ... Read more»

BP agents seize $1M in marijuana near Douglas

Douglas-area Border Patrol agents seized more 1,800 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1 million and arrested one man during separate incidents Wednesday. ... Read more»

BP agents seize $210K in heroin in central Tucson

Border Patrol agents arrested two men and seized $210,000 worth of heroin during an incident in Tucson on Wednesday evening, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP: Pursuit leads to $1M drug bust in Elgin

Border Patrol agents seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $1 million, on Tuesday afternoon after a truck they were pursuing crashed near Elgin, authorities said. ... Read more»

More than $550K in pot found near Patagonia hiking trail

Border Patrol agents found more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana worth more than $550,000 on Monday near a hiking trail south of Patagonia. ... Read more»

BP: 67 lbs. of pot found boxed up in hearse

Border Patrol agents stopped a hearse Saturday night north of Sierra Vista and discovered more than 67 lbs. of marijuana worth more than $33k concealed in a casket, with bags of manure used to cover the smell. Despite the fragrant cover-up, a drug dog alerted to the hidden drugs. ... Read more»

Collapsed smuggling tunnel found in Douglas

Douglas-area Border Patrol agents discovered a collapsed tunnel that crossed under the U.S.-Mexico border near the Castro Port of Entry on Wednesday morning, authorities said. ... Read more»

Rush to hire BP agents raises concerns about unqualified officers

A Trump administration plan to hire thousands of border and immigration officers has advocates concerned about a possible repeat of the last hiring binge, which they said was followed by an increase in corruption and misconduct cases.... 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»

Kelly: Trump is giving him ‘elbow room’ on what border wall should be

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a Senate committee Wednesday that his department will not build a border wall “from sea to shining sea,” but will instead use a variety of techniques to secure the Southwest border.... Read more»

CBP seizes smuggled Fentanyl stashed in baby stroller

Nogales-area CBP officers arrested a woman on Monday for attempting to smuggle nearly five pounds of Fentanyl across the border hidden beneath the seat of a baby stroller, authorities said. ... Read more»

Nogales-area BP seizes $585K in marijuana

Border Patrol agents intercepted two pickup trucks on Saturday near Nogales, each laden with more than 500 pounds of marijuana, worth a combined $585,000, authorities said. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Napier: Sheriff can't enforce federal immigration laws without harming public safety

Sheriff Mark Napier: "While I support the increased attention given to the border and welcome additional federal resources, the Sheriff’s Department does not have the capacity to engage in proactive enforcement of federal immigration laws. If local law enforcement becomes proactive in immigration enforcement, we will not enhance public safety, but rather deteriorate it."... Read more»

Ex-Border Patrol agent gets 13 years for drug trafficking, accepting bribe

A former Border Patrol agent will serve 160 months in prison for attempting to smuggle 110 pounds of cocaine in a rental car headed for Chicago, and for accepting bribes as a public official. ... Read more»

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