Tucson crime report: Downtown murder; FBI arrests; Murder sentencing; Illegal immigrant death, arrests down

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson man was shot and killed last night around midnight just north of downtown.

Police found 24-year-old Francisco Pereida suffering from gunshot wounds near West Mable Street and North 14th Avenue.

Pereida was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

Witnesses told cops a group of people was gathered near the intersection at speedway and I-10 and reported gunfire in the area followed by several vehicles quickly driving away, including the victim's white Jaguar sedan and an older model white SUV.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Eight Tucsonans are accused of supplying the Bloods street gang in Nebraska with marijuana.

FBI agents spent two years investigating a Tucson-based drug smuggling operation that distributed pot across state lines over the last five years. 

They charged the ring leader, Marcos Antonio Cruz, with operating a criminal enterprise, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, and money laundering.

Cruz was arrested Aug. 9 along with seven others, but three more accused smugglers are still on the loose.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A judge sentenced 33-year-old Francis Leonard Delores of the Tohono O'odham nation to 35 years in prison on Friday for second degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Delores plead guilty to shooting two other tribe members in the back, in the town of sells after they tried to retake their vehicle from him back in February of 2009.

He also shot the vehicle's owner in the chest, killing him.  The other victim survived.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Fewer illegal immigrants are dying along the Arizona border according to the Border Patrol.

The Border Patrol's Tucson sector has recorded 132 migrant deaths this year through July 31.

The government says it's a 38% drop compared with the 212 migrant deaths logged during the same period in the previous year.

Illegal immigrant arrests are also down, about 44%.