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Sonora closes border to non-essential travelers starting July 4

Mexican authorities in the state of Sonora are closing the U.S.-Mexico border to non-essential travel starting with the July 4 weekend to avoid further spread of COVID-19 amid increasing cases on both sides. ... Read more»1

A group of agents rose through the ranks to lead Border Patrol. They’re leaving it in crisis.

The Douglas mafia: How several agents from a small outpost in Arizona, including recently retired chief Carla Provost, climbed to BP's top, then one by one retired, leaving corruption, misconduct and a toxic culture in their wake.... Read more»

Border residents dispute White House rhetoric on violence, crime

When Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada became a Nogales, Arizona, police patrolman in 1966, about 80% of the people in the county jail on any given day were Mexican.... Read more»

CBP: Zip-line used to smuggle marijuana into Douglas

An 18-year-old Douglas resident was arrested Wednesday morning after Border Patrol agents found him with more than 240 pounds of marijuana and a zip-line linked to a building in Agua Prieta. ... Read more»

Mexican officials seize van with drug-lobbing air cannon in Agua Prieta

Mexican officials have again seized a cargo van containing an air cannon designed to launch bundles of marijuana over the fence separating Douglas, Ariz., and its sister city of Agua Prieta, Mexico.... 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»

BP finds drug catapult bolted to border fence near Douglas

In the latest example of ingenuity when it comes to getting drugs over the U.S.-Mexico border, Douglas-area Border Patrol agents discovered a homemade catapult attached to the wall on Friday, authorities said. ... Read more»

Mobile drug-launching air cannon found by Mexican federal police

Mexican federal police in Agua Prieta, Sonora, discovered a van outfitted with an air cannon they believed was designed to launch drugs over the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

'Extremely dangerous' - State Dep't issues warning on Mexico travel

The State Department has issued new warnings on travel to Mexico, including calling trips through Sonora "extremely dangerous" for U.S. citizens. Tourists should stick to main roads during daylight hours, the government said.... Read more»

Citing gun battles, State Dep't warns against Agua Prieta travel

A series of gun battles in the Mexican border town has led the State Department to warn U.S. citizens against traveling to Agua Prieta, Sonora, after dark.... Read more»2

Father-in-law of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman arrested

Mexican authorities have arrested the father-in-law of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, striking a personal blow to Mexico's most-wanted man.Ines Coronel Barreras was captured by federal police in a house in Agua Prieta, Sonora, "without taking a single shot."... Read more»

Customs and Border Protection

Woman arrested at Douglas Port with 425 lbs of pot

A 39-year-old Agua Prieta, Son., woman was arrested for attempting to smuggle 425 pounds of marijuana through the Douglas Port of Entry on Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.... Read more»

Mexican news

Roundup: A look at news south of the border

A roundup of news coverage from the Mexican side of the border: the drug war and human rights; man killed by a machine gun in Nogales, Son.; police have poor parking skills; Black Friday plans & more.... Read more»

Mexican news

Roundup: A look south of the border

A roundup of news coverage from the Mexican side of the border: Gringos causing trouble, holiday observances, Mexicans in Canada, and Anonymous vs. Los Zetas.... Read more»3

Border Patrol wrapup: Sexual abuse convict arrested

Three men with criminal records were arrested by Border Patrol agents Monday for illegal entry in two separate incidents.... Read more»