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A boy runs from Border Patrol agents in Nogales, Arizona in January 2017.

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»

Supervisor Adelita Grijalva wants the Board of Supervisors to acknowledge Pima County was pre-owned.

Pima County supervisors are expected to approve starting each meeting by acknowledging the people who called our valley home before European settlement. Plus more local government action in the Tucson agenda. Read more» 1

Border Patrol agents in Nogales monitor pedestrians coming through the Morley Gate at the DeConcini Port of Entry. As of Jan. 22, all travelers had to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at U.S. land ports of entry from Mexico or Canada.

The Department of Homeland Security began requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination over the weekend for essential as well as nonessential travel across the U.S.-Mexico border - a requirement expected since last fall, but one that raises concerns among officials in border towns. Read more»

Local governments continue to discuss how to get through coronavirus as Omicron variant booms.

Pima County supervisors just had their coronavirus update. The Tucson City Council and Amphitheater Public Schools Governing Board will get theirs on Jan. 11. What direction they give their staffs are up to them. Read more»

Robots used to search drug smuggling tunnels vary in size but are equipped with lights, a camera and the ability to retract their running gear to fit into narrow spaces.

Arizona accounts for more than 9% of drugs that cross the land border into the U.S. from Mexico each year, and technology does some of the dirty work of stemming the flow as Mexican cartels work to stay steps ahead of them. Read more»

Shopping centers at the corner of North Oracle and West Magee roads sit surrounded by parking lots. The Oro Valley Town Council will vote to make some changes to parking rules after town residents suggested them.

The Pima County Supervisors will hold their last meeting before unvaccinated employees are set to be fired. A citizen-inspired agenda item in Oro Valley hits the sweet spot of fewer regulations and more environmental protections. Read more» 1

A Pima County sheriff's deputy gets vaccinated during a clinic at Tucson Medical Center in January 2021

Some of the best photos published by the Tucson Sentinel in 2021. Read more»

Pima County Constable Kirsten Randall describes the eviction process just before attempting to remove a resident in July 2021.

Tucson rang in 2021 much as we left the previous year, but with a few new twists: an attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, in the grip of a pandemic that has become a political issue, more immigration and asylum issues, a growing climate crisis. Read more»

Customs and Border Protection seized a 'record-breaking' amount of methamphetamine in a semi-trailer carrying auto parts.

Customs and Border Protection officers made the largest seizure of meth in the Tucson Field's Office's history Wednesday when they found nearly 3,300 pounds worth asbout $7.7 million stashed in a shipment of auto parts. Read more»

An asylum-seeking woman from Mexico leads a protest in Nogales, Sonora in February 2021 demanding President Joe Biden restore the processing of asylum cases. On Nov. 8, 2021, migrants in Nogales continue to demand the Biden administration discontinue its expulsion policy under Title 42 that prevents adults and children from seeking asylum protections in the U.S.

As entry restrictions lifted on Monday in a welcomed reopening of the land U.S. border crossings to some tourists from Mexico, the Biden administration is continuing to deny entry to asylum-seekers from Mexico and Central America under a Trump-era emergency public health rule. Read more»

Morley Avenue en Nogales, que normalmente sería bulliciosa en esta época del año, es una fila de tiendas cerradas y escaparates vacíos la primera semana de noviembre.

​​Después de 19 meses, Nogales, Arizona, una ciudad fronteriza, reabrió el lunes 8 de noviembre para los viajeros no esenciales de México, dando esperanzas a sus 20,000 residentes y los negocios podrán regresar a la pre pandemia normal. Read more»

The Nogales Port of Entry on Morley Avenue has been closed to nonessential travel for 19 months. That changes Monday for visitors who are vaccinated.

After 19 months, Nogales reopened Monday to fully vaccinated, nonessential travelers from Mexico, giving its 20,000 residents hope that business – and life – may return to pre-pandemic normal and just in time for the holidays, normally a booming time of year for merchants. 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»

Dozens of people wait to enter the U.S. at the Dennis DeConcini border crossing in Nogales, Sonora in September.

Pandemic restrictions at the Mexican and Canadian borders will be lifted in November for travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, allowing travel by tourists and separated family members who've been unable to cross since March 2020. Read more»

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