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Border ag specialists stop dangerous citrus pest

Agriculture specialists at the commercial port in Nogales intercepted an insect known to damage citrus crops during an inspection of a shipment of oranges from northern Mexico last week.... Read more»

DHS budget shutdown looms, but frontline services will go on

If the Department of Homeland Security runs out of money next week, as feared, TSA workers will still keep watch on Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and federal agents will still patrol the Mexican border. They just won't get paid until Congress passes a budget to fund DHS. ... Read more»

Weekend busts in Nogales turn up nearly $5.8M in marijuana & heroin

A series of unrelated busts at Nogales ports turned up nearly $5.8 million in drugs over the weekend, including 11,0000 pounds of marijuana hidden in a load of mesquite charcoal, and $33,000 in heroin hidden in a man's shoes.... Read more»

Letter from Pope Francis thrills Nogales student volunteers

Teenaged members of a binational humanitarian initiative in Nogales recently got recognition from the biggest name in Catholicism: Pope Francis. The students sent letters and a video to the pope in October, describing their experiences on the border and the plight of the people they see on their regular visits to a shelter for migrants.... Read more»

BP to pay $500k to Mexican man shot in the back

Jesus Castro Romo, a Mexican national who was shot in the back by Abel Canales, a Border Patrol agent during an incident in 2010, will be paid nearly half a million dollars because of his lingering injuries, a federal judge ruled.... Read more»

$1.1M pot load, $1M in hard drugs seized in Nogales

In two days, Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales seized more than $2 million in drugs in separate incidents. ... Read more»

U.S. citizen arrested for smuggling ammunition into Mexico

Customs and Border Protection officers seized hundreds of rounds of ammunition destined for Mexico at a Nogales border crossing Wednesday, authorities said. ... Read more»1

Border agents seize nearly $3.8M in pot in week's haul

Seizures by Border Patrol agents on the Tohono O'odham Nation and at a Nogales-area warehouse brought in nearly $3.8 million in marijuana weighing more than 7,000 pounds in a single week. ... Read more»

Kickstarter deadline for Panorama: Photos of the entire Az-Mexico border

Just in: Help us hit triple our goal before Saturday's deadline! Support TucsonSentinel.com's "Panorama de la linea," an unprecedented effort to capture a photograph from every mile of the Arizona-Mexico border — all 373.5 of them. Contribute on Kickstarter before time runs out.... Read more»

Nogales port officers seize $563K in cocaine and meth

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly $563,000 in methamphetamine and cocaine at the ports of entry in Nogales, much of it over the weekend. ... Read more»

Cross-border tunnel found in Nogales

Border Patrol agents discovered a cross-border tunnel in Nogales on Tuesday during a bi-national sweep, the first smuggling tunnel found there this year.... Read more»

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Heroin’s road to Az tests police, feeds growing demand

Traffickers will use any means to smuggle heroin into the United States. Their routes and techniques are constantly adapting, and law enforcement agencies are forced to adapt as well.... Read more»

Rare insect intercepted at Nogales border crossing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Monday that a recent discovery of a pest in a commercial shipment of prickly pear pads at a Nogales crossing was the first-ever interception of the "Paromius dohrnii" insect at a United States port. ... Read more»

Nogales CPB seizes $1.3M in heroin and meth in four days

Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales seized more than $1.3 million in heroin and methamphetamine in the last week, arresting five men in separate smuggling attempts. ... Read more»

Some banks pulling back from doing business on border

In late September, U.S. Sen. McCain wrote letters accusing Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and Citigroup of scaling back services and closing branches in communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»3

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