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Medicare fraud outrunning enforcement efforts

Citing massive budget and staff cuts, federal officials are set to scale back or drop a host of investigations into Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse — even though cracking down on government waste and cutting health care costs have been top priorities for the Obama administration.... Read more»

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Border Roundup: Immigration reform reconsidered; BP investigated

Politicians are reconsidering immigration reform, Homeland Security is investigating the Border Patrol after complaints of excessive force, plus: what happens to U.S. veterans deported to Mexico... Read more»

Customs and Border Protection

Border officers find $2.5M worth of pot disguised as melons

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers got a surprise Saturday afternoon when they inspected a shipment of watermelons and discovered nearly 5,000 pounds of marijuana disguised as the fruit mingling with the produce.... Read more»

Customs and Border Protection

Man tries to smuggle $218,000 into Mexico

A 37-year-old Mexican man was detained Tuesday for trying to smuggle more than $218,000 in cash through the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales.... Read more»

Customs and Border Protection

Woman arrested at Douglas Port with 425 lbs of pot

A 39-year-old Agua Prieta, Son., woman was arrested for attempting to smuggle 425 pounds of marijuana through the Douglas Port of Entry on Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.... Read more»

Customs and Border Protection

Man arrested after attempt to smuggle heroin, meth, coke

An 18-year-old Mexican man was arrested after attempting to smuggle 57 pounds of cocaine, 3 pounds of methamphetamine and 2.5 pounds of heroin through the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales.... Read more»

Customs and Border Protection

CBP officers arrest 2, seize cocaine and heroin

Two Mexican nationals were arrested in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle 26 pounds of cocaine and 5 pounds of heroin into the United States through the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales.... Read more»

Customs and Border Protection

265 pounds of pot found hidden in van

A 40-year-old Agua Prieta, Son., man was arrested Saturday for trying to smuggle more than 265 pounds of marijuana in the United States.... Read more»

West Desert Task Force

Border agents seize pot, stolen truck

More than 1,500 pounds of marijuana and a stolen pickup were seized Tuesday night in the West Desert.... Read more»

Customs and Border Protection

CBP seizes $317k in unreported cash headed to Mexico

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $317,000 in unreported cash bound for Mexico in two incidents in Nogales.... Read more»

34 arrested in Az in ICE sweep of criminals

Federal immigration officials arrested 64 criminals in Arizona, including six in Tucson, as part of a nationwide, six-day sweep that netted more than 3,100 people in the country illegally.... Read more»

ICE arrests more than 3,100 in 6-day operation

More than 3,100 people were arrested during a six-day immigration operation targeting fugitives, immigration violators and criminal aliens.... Read more»

Copter tracks dust trail to load of pot, stolen vehicle

More than 1,700 pounds of marijuana and a stolen truck were recovered in the Vekol Valley by ICE and Border Patrol agents with the assistance of Pinal County Sheriff's Office.... Read more»4

Border agents seize almost $275k in cash hidden under car

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two people and seized almost $275,000 in cash found hidden in a car bound for Mexico.... Read more»

CBP arrests 1, seizes $800k worth of cocaine, meth

A 28-year-old man was arrested Monday after allegedly trying to smuggle more than $800,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S.... Read more»

Woman gets 42 months in prison for smuggling girls into U.S.

An Agua Prieta, Sonora, woman was sentenced Monday to 42 months in prison for smuggling girls across the border using her daughter's border-crossing documents, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday.... Read more»

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