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19 arrested, poppy field near border destroyed in joint U.S.-Mexico operation vs. drug scouts

Mexican officials destroyed a poppy field, seized more than 250 pounds of narcotics, and arrested 19 people over the weekend west of Nogales during a joint operation aided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, authorities said. ... Read more»

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Analysis

How voter access laws & passion brought people to the polls

Nationally, 53 percent of the citizen voting-age population voted in 2018, a 12-point bump from the previous midterms.... Read more»

Arizona farmers can legally grow industrial hemp, but will they take the risk?

Gazing over the cotton fields on his 300-acre farm outside Casa Grande, Paul Ollerton weighed the risks and opportunities of a new crop that, come this summer, will be legal to grow for the first time in decades.... Read more»

$3M in marijuana seized at Az border crossings

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at border crossings in Nogales and San Luis, seized more than 6,000 pounds of marijuana stashed inside semi-tractor trailers over the last week, worth an estimated $3.1 million. ... Read more»

Huckelberry: County plans to seek Stonegarden funding to care for asylum-seekers

Two weeks before the Board of Supervisors considers a controversial border enforcement grant, a top official said Pima County intends to apply for additional funding under the Homeland Security-led grant to cover care and transport for asylum-seekers who have been released here by U.S. immigration officials. ... Read more»

Your pet on pot, or even CBD: Not a good thing, a vet toxicologist explains

As marijuana and its derivatives are sold legally in more states, pets are getting into pot, accidentally. And some owners are intentionally giving them CBD. A veterinary toxicologist explains the dangers.... Read more»

Marine surveillance leads BP to arrest 10 carrying pot near Yuma

Yuma-area border agents arrested 10 men carrying bundles of marijuana through the desert near Dateland, Ariz., after the men were spotted by U.S. Marines on Tuesday night. ... Read more»

'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»

What the Devil won't tell you

Arizona's 54th Legislature: Smell the sanity (and/or fear)

The 54th Arizona Legislature is acting someone put two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen in their drinking water. Could it be they’ve read my work? Or do they just know a thing or two about elections and consequences?... Read more»

Supervisors vote to refuse Operation Stonegarden border funds

Pima County Supervisors voted 3-1 to terminate Operation Stonegarden, rejecting a $1.4 million federal grant for border-enforcement patrols by the Sheriff's Department. Supervisor Ramón Valadez provided the swing vote.... Read more»1

Pima Supervisors wait to reconsider Stonegarden border funds

The continued acceptance of nearly $1.4 million in federal grant money under a program known as Operation Stonegarden remains in limbo after Pima County supervisors voted to delay their decision until September, allowing a citizen commission to review data from police agencies. ... Read more»

Ducey touts Az border-crime effort at made-for-campaign event

Gov. Doug Ducey, in an event staged for campaign cameras, said Wednesday that Arizona will spend $2.9 million in fiscal 2019 on the multiagency "Arizona Border Strike Force" effort to stop drug trafficking and human smuggling at the border.... Read more»

BP: Drug dog sniffs out $700K in marijuana stashed in flat-bed trailer

Border Patrol agents arrested a Phoenix man Friday after a drug dog pointed them to more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $700,000, concealed in a flat-bed trailer, authorities said. ... Read more»

Legal pot bid tanks before filing deadline

Another attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona went up in smoke Thursday when Safer Arizona missed the 5 p.m. deadline to file petitions to get on the Nov. 6 ballot.... Read more»

DHS secretary, McSally to tour border in Nogales

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will return to Arizona to tour the state's border with Mexico on Thursday, visiting several sites, including the border crossing in downtown Nogales. U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, running in the Republican senatorial primary, will join her. ... Read more»

TOPD intercepts man using pack horses to smuggle meth, pot

A Tohono O'odham Police officer arrested a man Wednesday afternoon near the village of Santa Rosa, about 63 miles northwest of Tucson, when he discovered him leading two horses carrying burlap sacks stuffed with narcotics worth more than $123,000.... Read more»

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