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Cold stash: A/C unit on RV held $4.4M in fentanyl & meth

A Phoenix-area man was arrested Monday after Customs and Border Protection officers found nearly $4.4 million in drugs — including 800 lbs. of meth, and more than 110 lbs. of fentanyl — at the border crossing in Lukeville, Ariz. ... Read more»

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Native activist found not guilty in border protest after new arguments on religious freedom defense

Amber Ortega, a Southern Arizona border activist facing two federal charges for protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs, was found not guilty by a judge on Wednesday. ... Read more»

Native activist gets new hearing over 'religious freedom' defense in Az border wall protest case

A federal judge agreed to reconsider ruling over how a law intended to protect religious freedom may shield a Southern Arizona border activist from prosecution after she was arrested last year while protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs.... Read more»

Judge tosses Native activist's 'religous freedom' defense in border wall protest case

Amber Ortega, a Southern Arizona border activist arrested last year protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs, cannot use a federal law protecting religious freedom as her criminal defense, a judge ruled Thursday.... Read more»

Tucson activist charged with protesting border wall on Organ Pipe testifies at federal trial

Facing two federal charges, Amber Ortega testified in court Thursday that she acted "without hesitation" to block border wall construction near Quitobaquito Spring because she believed she needed to protect the land from being "desecrated." ... Read more»

$3M in drugs stashed in backpacks seized near Lukeville

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»

Native demonstration at Border Patrol checkpoint ended with DPS tear gas

A group of Native demonstrators said they were "violent attacked" by Department of Public Safety troopers who used "rubber bullets and tear gas" to break up a protest at the Border Patrol checkpoint west of Tucson on Monday morning, arresting 12 people.... Read more»

2 arrested protesting border wall construction near endangered Arizona oasis

Two women were arrested Wednesday after they halted border wall construction near Quitobaquito Springs, a remote wildlife watering hole along the southern edge of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument that is considered sacred by the Tohono O'odham Nation. ... Read more»

The most important border stories of 2019

For much of 2019, the borderlands endured the fallout from decisions made years earlier, as the Trump administration pursued the Migrant Protection Protocols, attempted—and failed—to prosecute a humanitarian volunteer for harboring two men in the country illegally, and continued to pursue the president's quixotic promise to build a wall along the southwestern border. ... Read more»

Border Patrol agent hit during arrest, second agent nearly run over by alleged smuggler last week

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was hit during an altercation with a Guatemalan man and another agent was nearly struck a car, during two separate incidents in Southern Arizona last week. ... Read more»

5 rescued by Border Patrol in multiple incidents Monday

Five people activated rescue beacons in three separate incidents on Monday, said Border Patrol, including a Guatemalan woman traveling with her daughter. ... Read more»

200 migrants turn themselves in to Border Patrol near Sasabe

More than 200 people, including families traveling with children, surrendered to Border Patrol agents Saturday night in five separate groups near Sasabe, Ariz.... Read more»

Memorial for 6-year-old migrant girl who died in Az desert focuses on asylum policies

Tucsonans mourned the death of 6-year-old Gurupreet Kaur, who died just a mile from the U.S.-Mexico border in mid-June after crossing with her mother and sister, during a memorial Sunday.... Read more»1

Indian woman, 8-year-old daughter located after 6-year-old migrant found dead in Arizona desert

Border Patrol agents found a migrant mother and her 8-year-old daughter late Thursday night in a remote stretch of desert following a day-long search launched after agents found the remains of her 6-year-old daughter.... Read more»

Border Patrol agents detain 231 Central Americans in Arizona's SW desert

Two weeks after a group of nearly 400 Central Americans crossed into the U.S. near Lukeville, Ariz., Border Patrol agents encountered 231 people in the area, including families and children traveling alone, authorities said.... Read more»

Two Indian nationals activate rescue beacon in desert near Lukeville

Two Indian nationals activated a rescue beacon north of Lukeville, Ariz., on Wednesday evening, and were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents. ... Read more»

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