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Joaquin Archivaldo Guzmán-Loera, otherwise known as 'El Chapo' was extradited to the U.S. and was found guilty by a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York in 2019. His brother Aureliano was indicted by a federal grand jury in Tucson, according to indictments unsealed by federal officials Friday.

Federal officials in Tucson unsealed two indictments against Aureliano Guzmán-Loera — the brother of the notorious drug kingpin known as El Chapo — charging him and other high-ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel with international drug trafficking. Read more»

En enero de 2019 los oficiales de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza en Nogales, Arizona incautaron casi $ 4.6 millones en fentanilo y metanfetamina valorada en casi 650 libras. Los cárteles están contrabandeando cada vez más fentanilo mortal a través de la frontera.

Aunque la marihuana ha sido la fuente de ingresos más rentable para los cárteles mexicanos, la legalización del cannabis en los estados de EE. UU., a provocado un cambio de rumbo: el fentanilo es más rentable, con un gramo que cuesta entre $150 y $200 en la calle, en comparación con aproximadamente $15 por gramo de marihuana. Read more»

The border wall, seen here in Nogales, does little to stop drug smugglers. In fiscal year 2020, agents seized more than 42,645 pounds of cocaine, 5,222 pounds of heroin, 324,973 pounds of marijuana, 156,901 pounds of methamphetamine and 3,967 pounds of fentanyl.

Although marijuana has been one of the most profitable cash cows for Mexican cartels, legalization of cannabis in the U.S. has prompted a change - fentanyl is more profitable, with a gram going for $150 to $200 on the street, compared with about $15 for a gram of weed. Read more»

Around 50 pounds of Fentanyl was seized at the I-19 checkpoint on Monday morning.

Border Patrol agents seized more than 50 pounds of fentanyl from a U.S. citizen Monday morning at the I-19 checkpoint, authorities said. Read more»

La Capilla de San Francisco Xavier in Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, México.

En Magdalena de Kino, una historia reciente de violencia ha dejado frío y amenazador un lugar que alguna vez fue cálido y familiar. Maritza L. Félix escribe sobre cómo es visitar su ciudad natal en Sonora. Read more»

The San Francisco Xavier Chapel in Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, Mexico.

In Magdalena de Kino, a recent history of violence has left a once warm and familiar place cold and threatening. Maritza L. Félix writes about what it's like to visit her hometown in Sonora. Read more»

Two AK-47-style rifles, 3,000 rounds of ammunition and the tripod for a .50-caliber sniper rifle seized in March 2016 by Nogales-area U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

The Mexican government filed a lawsuit Wednesday against seven U.S. gun manufacturers, arguing that the companies are responsible for a "deadly flood" of weapons that invariably "wreak havoc in Mexican society." Read more»

From left, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott, and former President Donald Trump attended a border security briefing in Weslaco to discuss plans in securing the southern border wall on June 30, 2021.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the state needs to build a border wall to reduce migrant apprehensions and fentanyl seizures, but immigration and drug treatment experts say Abbott's oversimplifying the issue. Read more»

A tunnel was found when agents with Homeland Security Investigations agents, a part U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, executed a search warrant in a home in Nogales, Arizona.

A Nogales-area man was sentenced in federal court to 41 months in prison for his role in the construction and use of a drug-smuggling tunnel to move narcotics through a cross-border sewer system. Read more»

A DEA agent in protective gear outside the mobile home where a Tohono O'odham firefighter was cooking methamphetamine for himself and his girlfriend.

A firefighter was arrested by federal agents Monday for allegedly ordering allergy pills so he could make methamphetamine for himself and his girlfriend at his home in a remote part of the Tohono O'odham Nation. Read more»

The concertina or 'razor' wire installed in Nogales, Arizona in Feb. 2019.

Despite calls for the removal of concertina wire since it was strung in Nogales and other areas by National Guard troops in 2018, officials are seeking a new contract to maintain and extend "tactical infrastructure" along the border. Read more»

In Arizona, about 2,000 students without immigration status graduate from high school every year, according to the Migration Policy Institute. Pictured are graduates from North High School in Phoenix during a commencement ceremony on May 22, 2019.

President Biden's bill includes a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million people and would also improve immigration courts by expanding programs to manage family cases to reduce backlogs in court, expand training for judges, and address the problem of mass migration. Read more»

CBP Officer Jose Rosalio Fuentes was sentenced last week to 30 months in prison for taking a $6,000 bribe to let a foreign national with a felony record cross into the United States in Nogales Read more»

Two backpacks containing a combined 69 pounds in drugs—including 55 pounds of meth and 14 pounds of fentanyl, with a combined street value of more than $3 million.

Border Patrol agents near Lukeville, Arizona intercepted two backpacks containing $3 million worth of narcotics on Saturday and arrested one man, authorities said. Read more»

Border wall construction in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area south of Hereford, Ariz.

Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called the claims contained in a lawsuit over border wall construction near a ranch in Cochise County "fantastic," and defended the Trump administration's efforts to build a 4.7-mile section of the wall through remote terrain at a cost of $42.2 million per mile. Read more»

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