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Ducey asks feds to fund state border 'strike force'

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced plans Monday to expand a "strike force" of state police to combat drug trafficking along the Arizona-Mexico border during a field hearing of a U.S. Senate committee in Phoenix. ... Read more»

Douglas, Nogales border officers seize $3.2 M in pot

Over the weekend, Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $3.2 million in marijuana and arrested five in multiple incidents of drug smuggling, authorities said. ... Read more»

Incomplete drug tunnel found in Nogales

Mexican authorities discovered an incomplete tunnel in Nogales, Sonora on Thursday, the fourth found along the Arizona-Mexico border this year. ... Read more»

Judge seals videos in Border Patrol agent's murder trial

Federal prosecutors asked to seal evidence collected in the murder trial of a Border Patrol agent in the 2012 cross-border shooting that killed a Mexican teenager in Nogales. The government confirmed that two videos of the incident exist and will be used as evidence against Agent Lonnie Swartz. ... Read more»

More Middle Americans visiting Mexico for low-cost medical care

Increasing numbers of Americans are crossing the border to Mexico for health care.... Read more»

CBP: $530K in marijuana found in empty semi-trailer

A semi-truck driver was arrested Thursday by CBP officers in Nogales after they found more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $530,000, hidden in the trailer.. The same day, Border Patrol agents arrested two U.S. citizens for attempting to smuggle five Mexican nationals through the I-19 checkpoint in back-to-back incidents, the agency said. ... Read more»

Nogales drug dogs sniff out $1.2M in meth, heroin over weekend

Dogs trained to detect narcotics sniffed out more than $1.2 million in hard drugs over the holiday weekend, leading to the arrest of seven people, including two Arizona teenagers, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.... Read more»

Memory of fatal BP shooting haunts Nogales three years later

Dr. Luis Contreras Sanchez was browsing social media when he heard a rapid burst of gunfire just outside his home. It was a night he would not soon forget. Outside his building in Nogales, Mexico, 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was dead on the sidewalk. He had been shot as many as ten times, the majority of the bullets hitting him on the back of his body. The shooter allegedly was Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz.... Read more»

BP agent pleads not guilty to murder in 2012 cross-border shooting

The U.S. Border Patrol agent charged with murdering a Mexican teenager in a 2012 cross-border shooting pleaded not guilty in federal court on Friday. ... Read more»

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

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