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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»

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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»

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»

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»

It’s a fact: Supreme Court errors aren't hard to find

A review adds fuel to a longstanding worry about the nation’s highest court: The justices can botch the truth, sometimes in cases of great import.... 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»

A lawyer’s weapon against farm worker complaints: Deportation

In at least seven cases where workers accused his clients of mistreatment, attorney Anthony Raimondo asked immigration authorities if they would like to arrest the complainants.... Read more»1

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»

Arizona officials want tougher controls on opioid prescriptions

Arizona officials on Wednesday said they want to limit doctors to prescribing no more than five days’ worth of opioids for people who haven’t already been on the powerful pain medication.... 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»

AG: Az opioid firm fraudulently promoted over-prescribing of drug

Arizona on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Chandler-based opioid firm alleging that they participated in fraudulent practices that led to overprescription of a powerful opioid drug.... 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»

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Decorated Marine vet may be deported, despite likely U.S. citizenship

A Marine veteran who served in the Gulf War was transferred to an immigration facility in Eloy last week, where he faces deportation to Mexico despite a ruling that he is a U.S. citizen. George Ybarra has criminal convictions, but his family says he needs treatment, not banishment.... Read more»

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