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BP agent indicted for 2012 cross-border shooting death

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz has been indicted for second-degree murder in the shooting of 16-year Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez through the border fence in Nogales during an Oct. 10, 2012, incident. ... Read more»

CBP: Tucson woman arrested for smuggling $467K in meth, cocaine into Nogales

A Tucson-area woman was arrested Wednesday when Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales found methamphetamine and cocaine worth a total of $467,000 in her vehicle, authorities said.... Read more»

CBP intercepts $220K in cash heading to Mexico, arrests two

Two people were arrested Wednesday when CBP officers found more than $220,000 in cash hidden in a box of baby wipes during outgoing inspections in Nogales. ... Read more»

Phoenix woman arrested trying to smuggle rifles into Mexico

A Phoenix-area woman was arrested at a Nogales border crossing Monday after Customs officers discovered a dozen rifles and four handguns hidden in her truck, authorities said.... Read more»

Nogales agents seize nearly $600K in hard drugs

Customs officers arrested three Mexican men and seized 55 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine worth more than $598,000 at the ports of entry in Nogales early this week, authorities said. ... Read more»

Pot advocates look to legalize in Az, but concerns remain about MMJ

When Arizona voters approved medical marijuana in 2010, the traditionally conservative state did so tentatively: The “yes” campaign garnered 50.1 percent of the vote. Now, pro-legalization groups have once again targeted Arizona as a state that could legalize recreational marijuana in 2016.... Read more»2

Construction closes lanes near Nogales border crossing

Work on a new pedestrian underpass at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales will mean lane closures near the crossing until early October.... Read more»

Judge OKs suit by family of Mexican teen fatally shot by border agent

A federal judge in Tucson ruled Thursday that a Mexican teen, killed in a 2012 cross-border shooting, should have been protected under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling means a civil rights suit filed the family of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez will continue to trial. ... Read more»

CBP officers in Nogales seize $3.2M in marijuana

Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa commercial border crossing in Nogales seized more than three tons of marijuana worth more than $3.2 million Wednesday. The pot was hidden in the back of a tractor-trailer, authorities said. ... Read more»

Nogales agents nab 3rd ton-sized load of pot in a month

For the third time in under just over a month, CBP officers in Nogales seized nearly a ton of marijuana stashed in the roof liner of a tractor-trailer carrying produce. ... Read more»

Border businesses hope meeting with regulators stems bank closings

Nogales officials hope that a meeting Tuesday between local banks and regulators from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. can help reverse a string of bank closings that have hamstrung businesses along the border.... Read more»

Appeals court OKs Az’s English-immersion program for students

A federal appeals court Monday upheld a lower court ruling that said Arizona’s system for educating English-language learners does not violate the federal Equal Educational Opportunities Act.... Read more»

Two ton-sized loads of marijuana caught in Nogales

In the last two weeks, Customs and Border Protection officers made two nearly identical busts, in each seizing nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana hidden in the ceilings of produce trucks bound for the Mariposa Port in Nogales, authorities said. ... Read more»

Fate of lawsuit over cross-border shooting death undecided

While the circumstances surrounding the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Nogales teen are "horrible and tragic," an attorney for Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz said in federal court Tuesday that a judge must dismiss a lawsuit by the family of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. ... Read more»

$683k in hard drugs seized at Az border crossings

CBP officers seized $683,000 in heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine at Arizona border crossings from multiple smuggling attempts in the past week, according to the agency. ... Read more»

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