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Border roundup: Cross-border shooting, economic ties

A second shooting in as many weeks involving Border Patrol agents left a teenage boy dead in Mexico; plus, Arizonans take a look at the role of Mexico in the regional economy.

Border Patrol shooting

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a boy in Nogales, Sonora late Wednesday night. Border Patrol, who did not confirm the death, said the incident started when law enforcement responded to possible smugglers near the fence at Hereford Drive and West International St. and suspects on the other side of the fence ignored instructions to stop throwing rocks at the agents.

Noticias de Nogales posted video from the scene of the shooting.

Agent Nicholas Ivie

The FBI announced Friday that Border Patrol Nicholas Ivie may have been killed by friendly fire and later revealed that Ivie may have fired first thinking he had spotted suspects who set off the motion sensor he was checking. Services for Ivie were held Monday in Sierra Vista and Thursday in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Arizona law enforcement

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office announced that their Medical Examiner's office determined Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever had alcohol in his system when he died in a single vehicle crash in September.

Pinal County will create a volunteer Anti-Smuggling Posse to "provide surveillance and intelligence support" in combatting cartel activity, Sheriff Paul Babeu announced Wednesday. The unpaid volunteers will have to pass background checks and go through training in Sheriff's Office Policy, weapons and tactics. The posse, supported by State Senator Sylvia Allen, has also generated concern from politicians like House Minority Leader Chad Campbell and columnists like The Arizona Republic's E.J. Montini.

Fourteen suspects were arrested for smuggling by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office after a traffic stop in North Phoenix on Wednesday. The suspects included three three U.S. citizens and 11 illegal immigrants; two of the three citizen suspects were armed.

Border life

The Morrison Institute reported on data from a Pew Hispanic study on the changing demographics of Phoenix's population while new polling results say that immigration is a high priority issue for Latino voters in Arizona.

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Fronteras Desk continued their series on the impact of NAFTA by interviewing a Honeywell employee with an international commute about how and why his company operates across the border.

After participating in conferences with governors of New Mexico and Arizona and the Mexican states of Baja California, Sonora and Chihuahua in discussions on subjects including economic development and health care to border violence during the two-day 30th Annual Border Governors Conference, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer told reporters, "We are all neighbors."

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Pottery artifacts discovered by Border Patrol agents in the mountains south of Patagonia.


Law enforcement activity

As reported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection press releases:

Two pottery artifacts in the mountains south of Patagonia that were turned over to U.S. Forest Service officials; initial inspections determined were artifacts that may up to 1,000 years old.

Saturday, Oct. 6

  • 11 bundles of abandoned marijuana (estimated at 594 pounds, $297,000) by Ajo agents operating mobile surveillance equipment.

Sunday, Oct. 7

  • 1,745 pounds of marijuana (estimated at $872,500) in an abandoned SUV near Federal Route 1.
  • 3,267 pounds of narcotics (estimated at over $1.6 million) near two abandoned vehicles near Ventana.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

  • 5.5 pounds of heroin and 3.5 pounds of methamphetamines (estimated at $117,000) at the Interstate 19 checkpoint.

Thursday, Oct. 11

  • a wanted felon who was stopped and handed over to Nogales Police Department
  • 1.2 pounds of heroin (estimated at $16,200) at the Interstate 19 checkpoint
  • 1,360 pounds of marijuana (estimated at $680,000) in an abandoned pick-up truck near Federal Route 1