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Authorities ID man shot, killed by BP agents; another man charged with murder, drugs

Rodolfo Ballardo, 31, from Wasco, Calif., was killed by Border Patrol agents after he hijacked a semi-tractor trailer and repeatedly fired a gun at BP agents and DPS troopers during a rolling shootout near Quartzsite. Authorities released his identity Thursday, a day after the incident.... Read more»

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Border Patrol agents shoot and kill man after rolling shootout near Quartzsite

Yuma-area Border Patrol agents shot and killed a man early Wednesday morning following a rolling shootout — in which a gunman first drove a Mustang and then hijacked a semi-truck — that ended at a gas station in Quartzsite, Ariz.... Read more»

Douglas-area smugglers continue to launch drugs over border wall

On Wednesday evening, Border Patrol agents found a large bundle of about 100 lbs. of marijuana after it was launched over the wall that separates Douglas, Ariz., and Agua Prieta, Sonora. ... Read more»

CBP: Drug dog sniffs out nearly 7 tons in pot in bell pepper load

A drug dog sniffed out nearly 7 tons of marijuana, worth an estimated $6.85 million, hidden among a load of bell peppers, one of two large seizures made by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers on Saturday. ... Read more»

BP agents seize $1M in marijuana near Douglas

Douglas-area Border Patrol agents seized more 1,800 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1 million and arrested one man during separate incidents Wednesday. ... Read more»

Replacement of 'outdated fencing' completed at Naco border

Construction crews installed the last metal border fence panel on Tuesday, completing a project to replace 7.5 miles of "outdated pedestrian fencing" near the port of entry in Naco, Arizona. ... Read more»

CBP seizes smuggled Fentanyl stashed in baby stroller

Nogales-area CBP officers arrested a woman on Monday for attempting to smuggle nearly five pounds of Fentanyl across the border hidden beneath the seat of a baby stroller, authorities said. ... Read more»

Nogales-area BP seizes $585K in marijuana

Border Patrol agents intercepted two pickup trucks on Saturday near Nogales, each laden with more than 500 pounds of marijuana, worth a combined $585,000, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP chopper crew rescues Guatemalan man near Three Points

A helicopter crew with U.S. Customs and Border Protection airlifted a 19-year-old Guatemalan man with a broken ankle from a mountainside near Three Points, about 20 miles southwest of Tucson, authorities said. ... Read more»

Nogales CBP officers make 2nd-largest heroin seizure in Tucson office history

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers made the second-largest seizure of heroin in the Tucson Field Office's history on Saturday when they found 88 pounds of heroin worth nearly $1.5 million in an SUV, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP aircrews aid search for girl, kidnapping suspect on Navajo Nation

Following an Amber Alert issued by the FBI on Monday for a missing 15-year-old girl, Customs and Border Protection dispatched a helicopter and an airplane from the Tucson Air Branch to aid the search in a remote area of the Navajo Nation. Officials found the girl unharmed and arrested a 40-year-old man later that day. ... Read more»

CBP: Weekend haul at Arizona crossings turns up $606K in drugs

Customs and Border Protection officers in Lukeville and Nogales intercepted 284 pounds of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana worth a combined $606,000 last weekend Four people were arrested in multiple smuggling attempts. ... Read more»

Yuma BP agents rescue 5 from canal

Five men were rescued by Border Patrol agents on Tuesday after they jumped into a canal in an attempt to avoid apprehension near San Luis, Arizona. ... Read more»

Teens apprehended with marijuana launched into U.S. by air cannon

Two teenagers were arrested by Border Patrol agents in Naco after they were found with a bundle of marijuana believed to have been launched over the border by an air cannon, authorities said. ... Read more»

Three U.S. citizens arrested for smuggling meth, cocaine through Nogales this week

Three U.S. citizens were among six arrested by Customs and Border Protection agents in multiple incidents since Saturday for attempting to smuggle $586,000 in "hard drugs," including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine through Nogales-area ports. ... Read more»

CBP: 12,000 rounds of ammo, 2 AR-15s intercepted in Nogales

In less than a week, Nogales-area CBP officers intercepted 12,000 rounds of ammunition and two AR-15 rifles in two separate smuggling attempts last week, arresting two Nogales residents. ... Read more»

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