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BP agents detain 103, including families & children, as part of 'alarming' trend in remote Az desert

For the second time in February, Ajo-area Border Patrol agents detained a large group of people from Central America after they crossed into the U.S. west of Lukeville, Ariz., part of a months-long surge that the agency has called "alarming." ... Read more»1

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'Mad Max' Jeep Cherokee gets stuck on makeshift ramp during smuggling attempt

Ajo-area Border Patrol agents seized a modified Jeep Cherokee on Wednesday after smugglers fleeing southbound got stuck on a border barrier. A helicopter crew spotted the vehicle carrying 11 people and "suspected bundles" of marijuana as it headed south toward the border. ... Read more»

Ajo BP agents detain 325 people as part of long-term trend in remote Arizona wilderness

Ajo-area Border Patrol agents encountered 325 Central Americans — including 150 children — who entered the U.S. and surrendered to agents west of Lukeville, Ariz., on Thursday morning. ... Read more»

242 people, including families & children, cross into U.S. near Lukeville

In the last week, more than 400 people from Central America have turned themselves over to Border Patrol agents in Arizona after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, part of a dramatic shift that began last fall and has continued throughout the fight over new border barriers in Washington. ... Read more»

BP apprehends 306 Central Americans in 24 hours in Tucson Sector

Tucson-area Border Patrol agents apprehended 306 people from Central America near the U.S.-Mexico border in a 24-hour period this week, including nine children with "flu-like" symptoms and a pregnant woman who required medical treatment.... Read more»

Ajo BP agents apprehend 240 people in 48 hours

Customs and Border Protection will begin building five miles of fence along the southern border of the Organ Pipe Refuge, as people from Central America continue to cross the border and turn themselves in to seek asylum. ... Read more»

More than 260 migrants found in Arizona desert by Border Patrol

Large groups of immigrant families and unaccompanied minors from Central America continue to enter the United States through remote often hostile wilderness areas in southwest Arizona. ... Read more»1

121 immigrants surrender to Border Patrol agents near Lukeville

A group of 121 immigrants turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents on Saturday in a remote part of the Organ Pipe Cactus wildlife refuge, one of five large groups, totaling 600 people, found in Arizona's western desert since July 28 by federal officials. ... Read more»

163 border-crossers detained by Border Patrol in often deadly Az desert

A group of 163 suspected illegal migrants was intercepted Saturday by Border Patrol agents in a remote stretch of Arizona desert west of Tucson — the third large group found in about a month in a wilderness where water is rare and crossings are frequently deadly. ... Read more»

Group of 128 suspected border-crossers detained near Ajo

Border Patrol agents patrolling near Ajo apprehended more than 200 people in two large groups in the last month, including a group of 128 people encountered several miles west of Lukeville on Friday, authorities said. ... Read more»

Arizona & Mexico officials work to make road to Rocky Point safer

The 63-mile stretch of highway between the Arizona border town of Lukeville and the Mexican beaches of what Americans call Rocky Point is mostly bland and barren, except for an occasional wooden cross and a roadside shrine in the middle of nowhere.... Read more»

Mexican man sentenced to 78 months for assaulting BP agent

Leopoldo Rubio-Quinonez was sentenced to prison for biting a Border Patrol agent's thumb during an arrest near Lukeville, Ariz., in December 2016. During the altercation, Rubio-Quinonez was tasered and punched by agents, and suffered a collapsed lung and fractured bones in his face, requiring hospitalization. ... Read more»

CBP: Motorhome yields 2nd largest pot seizure in Lukeville history

A Phoenix-area resident was arrested Saturday with nearly 2,500 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $1.2 million, stashed throughout his motorhome at the Lukeville port of entry, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP: Weekend haul at Arizona crossings turns up $606K in drugs

Customs and Border Protection officers in Lukeville and Nogales intercepted 284 pounds of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana worth a combined $606,000 last weekend Four people were arrested in multiple smuggling attempts. ... Read more»

24 Sinaloa cartel members arrested in joint U.S.-Mexico cross-border raids

A cross-border operation in Sonoyta, just across from Lukeville, involving several U.S. agencies and Mexican law enforcement led to the arrest of 24 members of the Sinaloa cartel.... Read more»

ICE, federales involved in Lukeville cross-border arrest operation

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were involved in a cross-border operation near Lukeville, Ariz., on Friday. The effort, described by officials as "an arrest operation" targeting organized crime in Sonoyta, Sonora, includes Blackhawk helicopters flown by Mexican federal police. ... Read more»

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