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Fugitive kills himself as marshals close in

A fugitive who barricaded himself in an east-side apartment Thursday was found dead by SWAT officers.

The man, whom authorities described as armed and dangerous, shot himself, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

The man, whose name was not released, was staying at his ex-girlfriend's apartment in the 7600 block of East Callisto Circle, said Widmer.

He was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Las Vegas for robbery and kidnapping. He also was wanted on a warrant out of Maricopa County, Widmer said.

Widmer said he did not know the circumstances regarding the Maricopa County charge.

The standoff between the man and U.S. marshals, who attempted to arrest him, began shortly before 11 a.m., said Widmer.

East Tanque Verde Road from North Dos Hombres Drive to East Wrightstown Road was shut down in both directions for several hours.

TPD's SWAT team broke into the apartment at 4:26 p.m. and found the man dead.

Carmen Duarte

Border agents seize $50,000 in cash

A Rio Rico man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of trying to smuggle $50,000 into Mexico through the Nogales port.

Rene Becerra-Portillo Jr., 22, was stopped for further questioning, and federal agents found the unreported currency in a fast-food restaurant bag he was carrying, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.

Becerra-Portillo was dressed in a fast-food restaurant uniform.

The cash was seized, and Becerra-Portilo was turned over to federal authorities.

Carmen Duarte

Border drug tunnel shut down in Nogales

A cross-border drug-smuggling tunnel under construction was discovered Tuesday during a routine inspection of the main storm drain system in Nogales, Ariz., and was shut down by authorities on both sides of the border, according to a news release.

Authorities found tools inside the ventilated 160-foot long tunnel that was roughly 2 feet wide and 3 feet high. Investigators believe the tunnel, in the final stages of construction, would have exited on the U.S. side through a public parking lot near the Dennis DeConcini port of entry, the release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations said.

About 153 feet of the tunnel were in Arizona and 7 feet were in Mexico, the release said.

No people or drugs were found in the tunnel. Federal authorities have shut down six cross-border tunnels in the Nogales area this fiscal year.

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