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Ducey declares opioid emergency in Arizona

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday declared a public health emergency spurred by a devastating jump in Arizona opioid deaths in 2016, calling for a coordinated effort by the medical community and state and local governments to find solutions to an epidemic.... Read more»

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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»

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»

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»

FactCheck: The preexisting conditions debate

Democrats and Republicans have made competing claims on whether the latest version of the GOP health care bill maintains protections for people with preexisting medical conditions. President Trump has said, “Preexisting conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it.” While Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has said that “insurance companies could deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions.”... 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»

40% of Arizona adults know someone addicted to painkillers

More than four in ten adults in Arizona know someone who who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, according to a new poll. “Opioid addiction knows no boundaries,” said Douglas Coleman of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “It affects every demographic. It affects rich, poor, black, white. It affects everybody.”... 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»

Access to overdose drug Narcan slow, but growing

Arizona enacted a law last year allowing the purchase of the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone without a prescription — but training for pharmacists, and the state Medicaid program’s inability to cover the cost without a prescription, have slowed access to the drug.... 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»

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