Border mayors upset with Pinal County Sheriff; Lukeville pot seizure; U.S. Immigration agent murder

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The mayors of three Arizona border cities want Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu to tone it down when talking about border security problems.

The mayors of Nogales, Douglas, and San Luis sent a letter to the sheriff telling him that his misstatements are hurting their towns and that they'd appreciate it if he'd stop creating panic and fear.

"These mayors may want everybody to just think that, 'Hey, we don't talk about it and the issues go away. And everything is fine, golly gee,'  And that's not the reality we live in," said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.  "And I'm not going to be quiet because they keep attacking us and saying we're the capital of hatred and bigotry."

Babeu believes border smuggling and illegal immigration are the country's greatest national security threats.


A drug smuggler was busted with 630 pounds of pot hidden in the bed of a truck in lukeville.

The 35-year-old driver had his wife and several kids with him. He is a U.S. citizen and was arrested. Everyone else in the car was released.


The murder Tuesday night of a U.S. Immigration agent in Mexico was on a lot of people's minds Wednesday at the world's Border Security Conference in Phoenix.

"It's very difficult when one of our own falls in the line of duty and we're gonna be there to support the family," said Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher.

Chief U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Mike Fisher, is talking about former Border Patrol Agent Jaime Zapata.

Zapata's killing along with the wounding of his partner, sobered the mood at the Border Expo.

Attorney General Tom Horne says the attack is evidence cartels are becoming ever more violent.

"Ever more ruthless types of people, young people who feel they are invincible, who have nothing else in life and they're bringing a special kind of ruthlessness to the United States that we haven't seen before," said Horne.

Officials at the expo say when it comes to cartels and their smuggling operations, our state is ground zero.

The purpose of the Border Expo is to better equip agents and law enforcement officers with better ways to protect themselves from what Horne is calling an invasion.

Horne says the federal government has been too weak, and fears the type of attack that happened in Mexico could happen here.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton was suppose to be the keynote speaker, instead he flew to Mexico City to take part in the investigation into Tuesday night's deadly shooting.