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Tucson jury finds man guilty of gun smuggling, threatening federal officers

A Las Vegas man who engaged in an armed standoff with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Lukeville, Arizona in 2019 was found guilty of impeding and threatening federal officers, and smuggling firearms and ammunition into Mexico. John Milton Lee, 62, planned to drive weapons to Guatemala, but was turned back by Mexican authorities. ... Read more»

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Report: ICE created 'dragnet' surveillance program, allowing agency to spy on most Americans

ICE has a "dragnet surveillance system," allowing the agency to pull up dossiers on most people in the U.S., according to a report by privacy advocates.... Read more»

Feds probe deadly crash on I-10 that involved 'attempted human smuggling'

Three people were killed and five seriously injured when the driver of a SUV crashed into a semi-tractor trailer after refusing to stop for an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper north of Tucson on Thursday morning, authorities said. ... Read more»

Nogales CBP officers seize 13,000 rounds destined for assault rifles in Mexico

A U.S. citizen was arrested last week after Nogales-area U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 13,000 rounds of ammunition meant for assault rifles, along with 16 magazines, stashed in his pickup. ... Read more»

Oregon senator questions ICE 'bulk surveillance' of millions of wire transfer records

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is calling for an investigation into what he called "an indiscriminate and bulk surveillance program" that collected data on millions of money transfers managed by federal officials in Phoenix. ... Read more»

Mexican woman sentenced to 21 months for role in Arizona human-smuggling ring

A Mexican woman was sentenced to 21 months in prison after she pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to transport and harbor at least 100 people in the country without authorization, authorities said. ... Read more»

Nogales man pleads guilty in human-smuggling probe

A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty in a Tucson federal court Friday for his role in coordinating smuggling efforts in Nogales, part of a years-long investigation launched by federal officials to clamp down on the movement of people across the Arizona-Mexico border. ... Read more»

DHS will close 'gaps' in border wall, begin clean-up work in Southern Arizona

Customs and Border Protection can close some gaps in the border wall, and work to clean up now-abandoned construction projects in Southern Arizona using millions in defense funding earmarked to counter drug-smuggling, DHS Secretary Mayorkas said Monday. ... 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»

Homeland Security agents seek victims of two alleged sex traffickers

Two people were accused of sexually trafficking a 14-year-old girl in Arizona and across three other states, and Homeland Security agents are asking the public's help in identifying other potential victims. ... Read more»

Driver for U.S. consulate in Nogales convicted of gun smuggling

A driver for the U.S. consulate in Nogales, Sonora, was sentenced Monday to nearly four years in prison for attempting to smuggle more than a dozen firearms into Mexico last year, including a .50-caliber sniper rifle. ... Read more»

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»

Feds return 277 pre-Columbian artifacts to Mexico after seizure in Arizona

Federal agents returned 277 pre-Columbian artifacts to Mexican officials during a repatriation ceremony Tuesday at the Mexican Consulate in Nogales. The ancient objects included 10 Chinesco-Western pottery figures that were produced as far back as 500 B.C., and 267 small artifacts, including arrowheads as well as small stone carvings that date back between 1,000 and 5,000 years.... Read more»

Tohono O'odham firefighter charged with meth possession, illegally ordering allergy pills to 'cook' drugs

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»

Federal agents recover 'priceless' 9th-century Buddhist statute from Phoenix-area home

Federal agents recovered a "priceless" 500-lb. 9th-century Buddhist statute from a home in the Phoenix area Monday, and will return the ancient artifact to India, officials said.... Read more»

Feds seize 200,000 counterfeit surgical masks bound for Az hospitals

Federal agents seized more than 200,000 counterfeit N95 surgical masks over the last 45 days, during an investigation launched by agents at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport.... Read more»

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