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'Mirrored' patrols along U.S.-Mexico border net $12.5M in marijuana, 467 arrested

Over the last two weeks, a bi-national operation between U.S. Border Patrol and Mexican authorities netted 25,000 pounds of marijuana — worth an estimated $12.5 million — and resulted in the arrests of 467 people, authorities said. ... Read more»

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72-year-old man arrested for smuggling meth, cocaine in Nogales

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 72-year-old Mexican man for attempting to smuggle 71 pounds of methamphetamine and 2.5 pounds of cocaine through the port on Monday, authorities said. ... Read more»

300 lbs. of meth among $1.8M in seizures at Nogales ports

Nogales-area customs officers seized nearly $1.8 million in drugs over the past week, including 25 pounds of heroin, 29 pounds of cocaine and more than 300 pounds of methamphetamine — with 152 pounds of liquid meth seized in a single case, authorities said. ... Read more»

U.S. agencies split over fingerprinting parents of child immigrants

U.S. immigration enforcement officers are proposing that fingerprints be taken from all people claiming custody of children who have entered the United States illegally without an adult relative, a measure that opponents said could keep thousands of families apart.... Read more»

Juicy haul: Watermelon load contains 3rd-largest pot seizure in Az history

Stems and seedless? A truck driver at a Nogales border crossing found himself in a sticky situation Thursday, as officers made the third-largest seizure of marijuana in Arizona history — about 14,800 pounds of the drug hidden in a semi-trailer loaded with watermelons. ... Read more»

Tribute to jazz great Mingus swings into Nogales hometown

Did you know that one of the most important figures in 20th century American music was born in Nogales? A festival this weekend will honor innovative jazz bassist, bandleader and composer Charles Mingus. ... Read more»

Trucker arrested when 42 migrants found in semi-trailer

Arizona DPS officers arrested a U.S. citizen after they found 42 undocumented immigrants in the back of a tractor-trailer near Tubac on Monday, as part of a joint investigation involving federal and state officials. ... Read more»

New cross-border tunnel found in Nogales

Mexican officials in Nogales, Son., discovered a new cross-border tunnel, which extends about 30 feet into the United States, running just beneath the border wall east of the Morley Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz. ... Read more»

Report: Customs and Border Protection's discipline system 'broken'

A federal oversight panel calls Customs and Border Protection's "broken" and that the process "takes far too long to be an effective deterrent" despite an effort to mitigate corruption and lessen deadly use-of-force incidents after the panel released a draft report last June. ... Read more»

'Complex' trial in BP shooting delayed until November

The trial of Lonnie Ray Swartz, a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of 16-year old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, has been pushed back until November. It had been scheduled to begin later this month.... Read more»

3rd multi-million-dollar pot haul squashed in Nogales

Nogales-area CBP officers have made a third multi-million-dollar drug bust in as many weeks, catching $2.8 million in marijuana hidden in a load of vegetables Tuesday. ... Read more»

CBP: $8.5M, 700-bale pot seizure 2nd-largest in Arizona history

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers made the second-largest seizure of marijuana in Arizona's history when they discovered more than 17,000 pounds of the drug, worth more than $8.5 million, in a shipment of aircraft parts, the agency said. ... Read more»

$1.1M in meth is largest seizure in history at Az border crossing

Border officers in Nogales found $1.1 million in methamphetamine Friday, the largest-ever seizure of the drug at a border crossing in Arizona, authorities said.... Read more»

CBP: Smuggler threw 'football-sized' rock at agent

A Border Patrol agent was assaulted with a "football-sized rock" by a suspected smuggler in the hills outside of Nogales early Monday morning. The agent was injured, but was able to arrest the man, a member of a small group smuggling about $75,000 worth of marijuana in backpacks. ... Read more»

Sonora ramps up tourism initiatives, downplays Mexico travel warning

Despite a renewed U.S. State Department travel warning for Mexico, neighboring Sonora is moving forward with ambitious plans to attract U.S. visitors just in time for spring break, according to a senior Mexican tourism official.... Read more»

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