Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the border in Nogales found 4.5 pounds of meth hidden inside an accordion.According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an 18-year-old Mexican citizen attempted to take the accordion through a pedestrian gate on Monday.
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
The U.S. Consulate General in Nogales issued an emergency message on Sunday warning United States citizens to take the "highest precautions regarding personal safety in and around Nogales."The message says this warning is due to "credible threat information," but as of today, Tuesday, there's been n ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: Pot-smugglers are now short $1.2 million worth of product after trying to hide their stash in a load of jalapeños.This is hardly surprising, as the pot-in-the-jalapeños plot is one of the oldest tricks in the book of Mexican drug-smuggling.
They're called the Dream 9 -- young men and women who were brought into the country when they were children but who returned to Mexico, their birthplace, and then attempted to re-enter the United States last summer. They didn't cross under the cover of darkness. They didn't hike for days through th ... More >>
Thanks to the language differences between Anglos, Mexicans, and various Native American tribes, there are a whole lot of places around Arizona that no one really seems to know how to pronounce.Check out 10 such places, along with our best ideas for how they're supposed to be pronounced:
Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the port of entry in Nogales seized a very creepy mask that someone tried to bring back into the United States.A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman says an officer conducting a routine search of a car on Tuesday found "a suspicious mask that appe ... More >>
Today in Found at the border: There's a new all-time record for the largest unsuccessful pot-smuggling attempt in Arizona.The previous record was set in January, when a Mexican man attempted to drive 14,121 pounds of pot -- with an estimated value of $7.1 million -- through the port of entry in Noga ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: Phoenix resident Dora Gutierrez's butt is not that big.According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, almost three pounds of cocaine taped to Gutierrez's booty when she tried to come into the United States through the port of entry in Nogales on Monday.
Today in Found at the Border: A Mexican teenager trying to cross the border into the United States this weekend who may have looked a little excited to see border officers just had a lot of meth in his "groin area."The 16-year-old, whose name wasn't released by authorities, had a pound-and-a-half of ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: A 34-year-old Mexican national tried to come into the United States through Nogales yesterday with thousands of jalapeño cans.The problem was that 2,000 of those cans were light on the jalapeños, but heavy on the marijuana -- more than 3,000 pounds of it, in total.See ... More >>
Today in Found at the border: A Mexican national tried to smuggle 2,000 pounds of weed into the United States by hiding the stash in bricks of charcoal.Thanks to Wilhelm Röntgen's 1895 discovery of the X-ray, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were able to see late last week that the 1,000 ... More >>
A Mexican national discovered on Tuesday that a bunch of bell peppers won't conceal more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana from the authorities.U.S. Customs and Border Protection made the find while the man was attempting to enter the United States through a commercial facility in Nogales with the load ... More >>
Unless someone's familiar with a Nogales-area establishment that sells chicken and meth in the same bucket, we'll have to rely on U.S. Customs and Border Protection's claim that it busted a smuggling attempt.Yes, the preferred method of smuggling in this attempt apparently was to hide multiple pound ... More >>
Image: ICE, HSIThe smuggling tunnel found in Nogales yesterday had internal support structures to guard against cave-in. Border authorities shut down a tunnel Tuesday that ran 70 feet from a U.S. home in Nogales, Arizona to Mexico. Pictures just released show the builders of this tunnel, wh ... More >>
U.S. Immigration and Customs EnforcementDo yourself a favor: if you own a white conversion van, don't drive it near Nogales -- especially if you're carting around more than a ton of marijuana.According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, last week, ICE agents saw a white conversion van s ... More >>
www.pollsb.comU.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona have been pretty busy in their war-against-weed, nabbing more than 1,600 pounds of the icky in three separate busts last weekend.The first of the weekend's three big busts happened Friday afternoon when agents working at a checkpoint on Hig ... More >>
Look, up in the sky! Er, make that behind the wheel of that car over there. It's neither bird nor plane, and it's certainly not that sappy-faced, beef-slinging Wendy character. No, it's Fry Girl! A new column in Phoenix New Times' print edition, where each week we'll bring you revie ... More >>
www.photobucket.comA Mexican national will be calling America home for a little while longer after being sentenced in a Phoenix federal court to some lengthy prison time for smuggling cocaine into Arizona.David Efrain Flores-Castro, 33, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison today for his ... More >>
The roundup of alleged crime ring members we told you about on Thursday also snared Mario de la Fuente Manríquez, a Mexican media mogul who owns cable TV companies, a Nogales, Sonora TV station and newspaper. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, and police officials ar ... More >>
For most people I know, hot dogs are usually an occasional indulgence -- maybe a dog with the works and a huge beer at a baseball game, a Nogales dog when the mood strikes, or hot dogs on the grill on a lazy Sunday by the pool. But Joe's Farm Grill has come up with 14 good reasons to eat hot dogs pr ... More >>
Following President Obama's decision in April to lift travel restrictions for Cuban-Americans, many Valley residents who have family in Cuba are taking trips to the country. Phoenix has a small but burgeoning Cuban-American community. Most other Americans are still barred from visiting Cuba or purch ... More >>
The most pressing question about the H1N1 "swine flu" virus now seems to be: Will the thing return this fall and kill millions?Locally, the panic has ratcheted way down, with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health declaring on Saturday that new cases of swine flu would not result in school ... More >>
Sloane Burwell Pablo Perez makes the kind of hot dogs people dream about. For the last seven years, he's been introducing Phoenicians to the magic of the Sonoran Style Hot Dog, served out of a cheerful hot dog stand called Nogales Hot Dog #2. You'll find Perez and his assistant seven nights a wee ... More >>
Here's some news: teenagers party. But Phoenix police say the parties are getting out of hand, with partygoers forming "crews" and taking over abandoned buildings or setting up in the desert. Police say such bashes can lead to vandalism, assaults, and (surprise!) underage drinking...A thoroughbred h ... More >>
Officials at Arizona's three public universities warn students to avoid Mexico during spring break, citing high crime rates in border towns like Nogales and Juarez. An ATF spokesman says that most violence doesn't take place at Mexico's popular tourist spots, which, not surprisingly, don't include N ... More >>
A couple driving north toward Tucson the day after Christmas was caught with nearly 200 pounds of marijuana disguised like holiday presents. The Nogales, Arizona, couple were stopped on Interstate 19 for a traffic violation, according to an Arizona Department of Public Safety news release: Inside ... More >>
If you haven't been hiding under a barrel cactus for the last couple of months, you know that tomorrow is the big day for the light rail system. Crowds of up to 200,000 are expected to hail the opening, though some Valley residents remain concerned about the program's cost and safety. One of the tw ... More >>
For most Mexicans who're flooding our borders, it's a life-or-death choice
Earth to Americans like Ray Lindell: Try abiding by Mexican law when buying a whopping amount of tranquilizers at farmacias. Duh!
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A maquila worker's 600-kilometer trek to the farming village where she was born
Hazy regulations allow Americanos to write their own tickets in Mexican pharmacies
Recreational prescription drugs put Mexican farmacias on the map--and American pill seekers on the road
WHILE THE BORDER PATROL IS ATTACKING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN CALIFORNIA AND TEXAS, THE AGENCY IS LITERALLY RETREATING IN ARIZONA. THE RESULTS ARE COSTLY AND DANGEROUS.
BORN IN NAGALES, BASSIST CHARLES MINGUS SPENT HIS LIFE EXTENDING THE FRONTIERS OF JAZZ. NOW HIS HOMETOWN IS THROWING HIM A 71ST BIRTHDAY PARTY.