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CBP: $4M in marijuana found in red bell pepper shipment

The driver of a semi-trailer truck was arrested after officers discovered four tons of marijuana, worth more than $4 million, hidden in the trailer among a shipment of red bell peppers.... Read more»

Program schools border youth on dangers of cartel work

When Border Patrol agents stop Arizona youth smuggling drugs through the Nogales port of entry on behalf of cartels, Eric Cantu and others often find out those kids have been fed lies. One common lie: If agents find those drugs taped to your leg, you won’t be prosecuted because you’re a minor. Not so, said the BP agent running the Operation Detour educational program.... Read more»

3 arrested with $96K of heroin; Jaguar seized

Drug smugglers trying to ease their way through border crossings usually try to keep a low profile, driving nondescript vehicles to dodge attention. Three women tried a different tactic Monday, officials said, trying to cross at Nogales with $96,000 in heroin in a Jaguar sedan.... Read more»

Citing gun battles, State Dep't warns against Agua Prieta travel

A series of gun battles in the Mexican border town has led the State Department to warn U.S. citizens against traveling to Agua Prieta, Sonora, after dark.... Read more»2

Drug dog tunes in to 17 lbs of meth in smuggling attempt

A Tucson woman was arrested last week for attempting to smuggle nearly 21 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine across the border at Nogales, but a drug-sniffing dog found the narcotics hidden in a car’s dashboard, officials said.... Read more»

Photos: Nogales marks one year since teen shot by Border Patrol

After a year, the shooting death of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez remains an open wound in the Mexican border community of Nogales, Sonora. More than 200 arrived on both sides of the border wall last week to mark the anniversary and press for some kind of justice for the 16-year old boy who was shot to death by at least one Border Patrol agent. The incident remains under investigation by U.S. authorities.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Nogales, Son., leaders have high hopes for improved trade with Az

A conversation with Karyn Prechtel, deputy director of the Pima County Public Library. Also, Bill and Keith Rosenblum, Buckmaster contributor on Mexico, talk with Manuel Hopkins, head of economic development for the city of Nogales, Sonora. Plus, Don Loose, Buckmaster legal contributor.... Read more»

'Dream 9' released from immigration detention

Nine Mexican nationals, in federal custody after they attempted to cross the border in Nogales last month as part of a protest against immigration laws, were released on parole on Wednesday afternoon. They were allowed to remain in the U.S. pending a decision on asylum claims.... Read more»2

Dream Nine detainees escalate protest with hunger strikes

Organizers behind the Bring Them Home campaign which led to the apprehension of nine protesters in Nogales said that hunger strikes over phone access have led to solitary confinement for the detainees.... Read more»1

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Border protection, at what cost?

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada on immigration reform and border security, plus Tucsonsentinel.com’s Dylan Smith, GOP state Rep. Ethan Orr, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, and attorney Don Loose... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Medicaid expansion expected on gov's desk Thursday

DUI defense attorney Jim Nesci, Inside Tucson Business Writer Keith Rosenblum, Ward 2 Councilman Paul Cunningham, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small.... Read more»

Border Patrol seizes $1.7M of marijuana Tuesday

In separate incidents northwest of Tucson on Tuesday morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents seized two abandoned trucks that held 3,400 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $1.7 million. Other recent seizures included $370,000 worth of meth in Nogales, and two seizures totaling $150,000 of marijuana in Douglas.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Wildfire burns near Nogales

Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News, sat in for a vacationing Bill Buckmaster. The Political Face-Off featured Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom. Dan also talks about preparations for what could be a very difficult wildfire season with Green Valley Fire District Chief and President of the Arizona Fire District Association Simon Davis and Rio Rico Fire District Chief Les Caid.... Read more»

José Antonio Elena Rodriguez

Marchers call for justice in teen's cross-border shooting death

Six months after the shooting of Mexican teenager José Antonio Elena Rodriguez by U.S. border agents, his family and community activists in Arizona are frustrated and fear that the investigation into his death is at a standstill.... Read more»

Border roundup

Study sheds light on gun running; AP drops 'illegal immigrant'

Border news roundup: Arizona politicians and religious leaders discuss comprehensive immigration reform by the “Gang of Eight,” journalists reconsider how to address illegal immigration in their stylebooks, and safety concerns on both sides of the border.... Read more»

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