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3 men who refused to mule drugs tied to Nogales-area fence 'like piñatas'

Three men were found Friday morning "tied up like piñatas" to a border fence just inside Arizona, said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada. The men said they were left there as a reprisal for refusing to carry drugs into the United States. ... Read more»

Public meetings to take input on proposed Interstate 11

The Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting Wednesday evening in Tucson to discuss proposed plans for Interstate 11. The meeting will be the second of three held in Southern Arizona to gather input on a recommended corridor that runs between Nogales and Wickenburg, north of Phoenix.... Read more»1

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»

$2.2 million pot load discovered in furniture truck at border crossing

About 4,400 pounds of marijuana were recently discovered in a semi-trailer filled with furniture at a Nogales border crossing, officials said. The drugs were discovered after a drug-sniffing dog signaled their presence, hidden among the pallets in the trailer.... Read more»

Meth camouflaged as burritos intercepted by Nogales CBP

A 23-year-old woman was arrested Friday by CBP officers after she tried to cross through the Morley pedestrian crossing with nearly a pound of methamphetamine disguised as burritos. ... Read more»

Borderland wildfire near Nogales now 80% contained

A wildfire burning along the U.S.-Mexico border west of Nogales has consumed about 4,900 acres, but did not spread much this weekend despite the wind and dry conditions, said officials with the Coronado National Forest.... Read more»

CBP: 12,000 rounds of ammo seized at Nogales border crossing

A slipshod attempt to smuggle 12,000 rounds of rifle ammunition into Mexico resulted in the arrest of a Southern California man Tuesday by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers. ... Read more»

Judge: BP agent's shooting of fleeing teen justifiable

A federal judge rejected a civil lawsuit by the family of a teenager killed by a Border Patrol agent during an incident in Douglas along the U.S-Mexico fence. Carlos LaMadrid died after he was shot by Agent Lucas Tidwell, who said he hit the teen accidentally while shooting at men who were throwing rocks at the agent. ... Read more»

Nogales CBP nabs another multi-million-dollar pot load

A semi-trailer loaded with pumps and components also contained $4.5 million in marijuana, in what was the fifth multi-million-dollar haul made by Nogales-area CBP officers this year. ... Read more»

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U.S. planning new wave of immigration deportation raids

U.S. immigration officials are planning a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally. The operation would likely be the largest deportation sweep targeting immigrant families by the administration this year.... Read more»

CBP intercepts 3 pistols hidden in luxury SUV

A luxury SUV crossing into Mexico through the Port of Nogales contained a few extras Wednesday, when CBP officers found three pistols, two 9mm Berettas and a .38-caliber Colt, hidden beneath the driver's seat, authorities said. ... Read more»

'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»

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»

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