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How the pandemic helped spread fentanyl across the U.S. and drive overdose deaths to grim new high

The latest tally from the CDC shows that for the first time ever, the number of Americans who fatally overdosed over the course of a year surpassed 100,000 - a soaring death toll fueled by illicitly synthesized fentanyl that is increasingly replacing heroin. ... Read more»

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DPS troopers seize $1.7 million in narcotics near Marana

State police arrested two men following an Interstate 10 traffic stop near Marana on charges of transportation of an illegal drug for sale and seized $1.7 million worth of banned narcotics. ... Read more»

El Chapo's brother indicted in Tucson for drug trafficking, U.S. offers $5M reward

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»

Los cárteles contrabandean cada vez más fentanilo 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»

As marijuana profits fade, cartels increasingly smuggle 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»

Fentanyl overdoses leading cause of death among young people in Pima County

Fentanyl overdoses are now the leading cause of death among kids and teenagers 19 and under in Pima County, putting the county on pace to set a record for overdose deaths for the third consecutive year. ... Read more»1

Nogales man gets 41 months in prison for cross-border drug tunnel

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»

Border Patrol agent arrested for smuggling coke, heroin after exchange at Phx airport

A Border Patrol agent stationed in Ajo has been charged with attempted drug smuggling, including cocaine and heroin, after he and an alleged co-conspirator were arrested after an exchange at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. ... Read more»

'Alarming increase': Fentanyl passes meth as cause of OD deaths in Pima County

A "sustained increase" in the number of overdose deaths related to fentanyl — which are numbering more than a decreasing number of fatal meth ODs — has Pima County officials issuing an alert to healthcare providers.... Read more»

Cross-border drug tunnel found beneath Nogales home

A cross-border tunnel was discovered late Tuesday night in Nogales, Arizona, and border agents arrested two men and seized more than 200 pounds of narcotics, including methamphetamine. ... Read more»

Nogales CBP nabs $3.7M in 'hard drugs' from cars; 4 arrested

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized 268 lbs. of heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine worth a combined $3.7 million from private vehicles, and arrested four people. ... Read more»

Deadly fentanyl disguised as 'black tar heroin' showing up on Tucson streets

A dark drug is being peddled by Southern Arizona dealers: a concoction of potentially lethal levels of the synthetic narcotic fentanyl and burned sugar, designed to resemble black tar heroin, authorities said.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: More clinics needed to combat opioid addiction; oversight needed

The state Department of Health Services estimates that we had nearly 8,600 cases of opiod overdose in the last year, and that 1,382 Arizonans died due to opiod abuse. Many folks that want to get off of opiods here in Arizona cannot find programs. ... Read more»

Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric deters families, not drug smugglers

The number of apprehensions of undocumented immigrants on the southern border has decreased, but the smuggling of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine has increased.... Read more»

AG: Az opioid firm fraudulently promoted over-prescribing of drug

Arizona on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Chandler-based opioid firm alleging that they participated in fraudulent practices that led to overprescription of a powerful opioid drug.... Read more»

Will Trump’s wall stop drug smuggling?

President Donald Trump says that his proposed wall along the Mexico border “will stop much of the drugs from pouring into this country.” We cannot predict the future, but the fact is that most illicit drugs pass undetected through legal ports of entry.... Read more»

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