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Man shot by ATF was convicted for role in meth ring a decade ago

The Avra Valley man injured in a shooting by an ATF agent serving an arrest warrant Thursday was convicted in 2006 for his leading role in a violent drug operation. Chris Paul Snow served four years in prison for racketeering related to a gang that authorities said committed homicides, kidnappings and other crimes.... Read more»

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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»

Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric deters families, not drug smugglers

The number of apprehensions of undocumented immigrants on the southern border has decreased, but the smuggling of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine has increased.... 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»

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»

Nogales CBP officers make 2nd-largest heroin seizure in Tucson office history

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers made the second-largest seizure of heroin in the Tucson Field Office's history on Saturday when they found 88 pounds of heroin worth nearly $1.5 million in an SUV, 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»

Nogales CBP officers intercept 5 tons of marijuana

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $5 million in a tractor-trailer on Wednesday, authorities said. ... Read more»

Nogales CBP officers make 2nd-largest meth seizure ever in Tucson area

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers made the second-largest seizure of methamphetamine in the Tucson Field's Office's history last week when they found more than 350 pounds of the drug worth just over $1 million in a shipment of Chinese vegetables, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP: $1M in meth & cocaine found at Nogales crossings; 7 arrested

In the first seven days of November, Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $1 million in hard drugs and arrested seven people, including two U.S. citizens, authorities said. The seizures included more than 100 pounds of meth and 37 pounds of cocaine. ... Read more»

CBP: Nearly $650K in heroin, cocaine, and meth seized in Nogales

Nearly 156 pounds of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine — worth almost $650,0000 — were intercepted by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers in two seizures on Wednesday, authorities said.... Read more»

Meth dealer gets 50 years in prison

A Tucson man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison, officials said Thursday. Thaddaeus Sanchez Ruelas sold more than 600 grams of methamphetamine to undercover officers and informants over five months.... Read more»

CBP: Two women with meth taped to their legs arrested for smuggling

CBP said that two Mexican women were arrested in Nogales on Friday for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine wrapped around their calves through the Morley pedestrian crossing... Read more»

CBP: Teenager, woman arrested for trying to walk drugs into U.S.

A teenage girl and a 26-year-old woman were arrested in Nogales for trying to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine beneath their clothes this week. ... Read more»

Meth tamales intercepted by Nogales CBP

"Creative smuggling tactics" failed to keep Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers from seizing nearly a pound of methamphetamine in packages disguised as tamales on Monday, authorities said. ... Read more»

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