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$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»

Hooked

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

Border agents arrest three U.S. citizens for human smuggling

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested three U.S. citizens in connection with human smuggling in two separate incidents this week, as well as six Mexican nationals suspected of being in the country illegally. Agents also arrested two Mexican nationals for drug smuggling, while seizing nearly $400,000 in marijuana and four vehicles. ... Read more»

CBP seizes nearly $1.5M in marijuana in Nogales

Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than nearly $1.5 million in marijuana hidden behind a false wall in a tractor-trailer at the Mariposa Port of Entry on Monday. ... Read more»

Analysis

Enforcement overdrive has overloaded the immigration courts

Over the past two decades, the United States has put immigration and border enforcement into overdrive, while not allocating adequate resources to the immigration court system. This mismatch leads to long backlogs and delays.... Read more»1

Border Patrol agents rescue two men over the weekend

Agents rescued two men in separate incidents over the weekend, including a 75-year old hiker who called 911, and a man suspected of illegal immigration who activated a beacon in the desert near Three Points. ... Read more»

CBP seizes nearly $3M in marijuana in Nogales

Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa cargo facility in Nogales seized nearly 6,000 pounds of marijuana, worth $2.96 million inside a tractor-trailer on Wednesday. ... Read more»

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