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Posted: May 06, 2016 8:12 PM MST
Updated: May 06, 2016 8:15 PM MST
Border family calls for more agents after ranch overrun by drug smugglers
Written By Aalia Shaheed
Written By Anthony Victor Reyes

Border Patrol agents are the first line of defense for southern Arizonans who live in border communities.

One family said their ranch is being overrun by drug smugglers. They claim there are not enough agents on the border.

Jim and Sue Chilton have lived in an Arivaca ranch for decades. It is their dream home, but Mexican cartels have turned it into more of a nightmare.
"To have 'druggers' coming through our ranch all the time and we have absolute evidence of it," said Jim Chilton. "It's just outrageous."

Border Patrol operates forward operating camps, which place agents from the Tucson Sector in various hot spots along the border.

The Chiltons said there simply are not enough of those camps because agents are too busy working checkpoints away from the border, leaving their backyard wide open to drug smugglers.
"We live in no man's land and that's intolerable," said Jim Chilton. "The U.S. government should secure the international boundary at the boundary."

Sue Chilton recently spoke about life on the border in front of a house subcommittee on border security.
"What needs to happen is we need a wall on the border, but a wall without patrolling is useless," she said.

Some southern Arizona residents like environmentalist Nan Walden said a border wall would affect the desert landscape of the area. "We don't want to destroy the features of these lands and the flora and fauna that make them so special," said Walden.

Bother side agree, something has to be done to better secure border communities.


Border Patrol agent attacked
Friday, May 6th 2016, 3:40 pm MST
Friday, May 6th 2016, 4:33 pm MST
By Kevin Adger, ReporterCONNECT

Needle stuck in chewing gum. (Source: Facebook)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent is going through testing after being pricked by a needle.

The agent was just getting ready to start his day. He had stopped at a local convenient store near Three Points.

The President of the Local 2544 Border Patrol Union said, "The agent opened his passenger side door and felt a sharp pain in his finger."

The agent then looked under the door handle and found a hypodermic needle stuck to gum.

The BP agent is going through medical testing, because nobody knows what was in the needle.

The Union president tells Tucson News Now that he has advised his nearly 3,000 agents to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings when stopping at local businesses.

As for this case, it is now under investigation by the FBI.


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Ports and Border: Outbound check turns up handguns; body-carriers busted
From CBP reports May 6, 2016 (0)
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The three handguns confiscated from an Audi crossover vehicle.
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CBP officers in Nogales uncovered a hidden compartment where three handguns were concealed.
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A hidden compartment underneath the seats of an Audi was found to contain three handguns.
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Three handguns were taken from the hidden compartment.
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Officers at the DeConcini pedestrian crossing searched a 22-year-old Nogales man and found nearly three pounds of cocaine taped beneath his clothing.
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When a woman was searched by CBP officers at the Morley gate, she was found to have packages of meth wrapped around her lower legs
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When a woman was searched by CBP officers at the Morley gate, she was found to have packages of meth wrapped around her lower legs

May 4
• U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at an unspecified Nogales port of entry selected an southbound Audi Crossover driven by a 37-year-old Mexican national for a secondary inspection and found two 9mm Berettas and a .38-caliber Colt handgun hidden in a secret compartment under the vehicle's front seat.

May 3
• CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry referred a 32-year-old Tucson woman for further inspection of her Volkswagen vehicle and found more than 20 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $230,000, in the rear quarter panels.

• CBP officers at the Morley Avenue pedestrian crossing referred a 25-year-old Mexican woman for a further search. After a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of narcotics, officers found more than four pounds of meth wrapped around the woman's calves. The drugs were valued at more than $12,000.

• Officers at the DeConcini pedestrian crossing found nearly three pounds of cocaine, worth almost $30,000, taped around the legs of a 22-year-old Nogales man after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the stash.

May 2
• A 72-year-old Mexican man was referred for a secondary inspection of his truck at the DeConcini port. CBP officers then found more than 71 pounds of methamphetamine, worth in excess of $214,000, and nearly 2.5 pounds of cocaine, valued at almost $28,000, hidden in the vehicle.

April 26
• Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint referred a Ford sedan for a secondary inspection area. The driver and a female passenger, Brisseth Karina Gallardo-Ruiz, exited the vehicle for an immigration inspection. Agents then discovered that Gallardo-Ruiz, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, was concealing two packages of heroin with a combined weight of 6.65 pounds on her body. The drugs were valued at almost $116,000.


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