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Bright flames cause rude awakening for city of Bisbee

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The City of Bisbee experienced a rude awakening last Wednesday morning as the town’s City Hall became incinerated in flames. The fire started around 1 a.m., with  Bisbee Fire Department being the first to arrive, and was later assisted by firefighters from other departments. Douglas, Palominas, Fry, San Jose, Whetstone, Sunnyside Fire departments helped exterminate the fire, officials said. The cause is still unknown. Bisbee Fire Chief George Castillo said that one of his officers arrived first and confirmed that there was heavy smoke coming from the second floor.  “They went inside to attack the fire, they went upstairs to the second floor, while they were upstairs they saw the fire and it was roaring pretty good,” Castillo said.  He added that after they saw the flames, he told his men to get out and they went into a...

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Drug trafficking in southeast Arizona declining but still national crisis

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Drug trafficking across the U.S. and Mexico border continues to be an epidemic, not just for Southeast Arizona, but the nation as a whole. Cochise County is one of the primary points of entry. Since 2013, six different drugs have been commonly smuggled into the U.S.: methamphetamine, powdered cocaine, marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin and oxycodone. According to the U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector, agents seized 727,367 pounds of marijuana last year; nearly 22 times the 32,608 pounds confiscated by Yuma’s sector. The Tucson sector haul accounts for more than half of the total amount of marijuana seized in the southern sector of the U.S. Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre, who has been with the county attorney’s office for 12 years and served as a drug and violence prosecutor for five years, said heroin and cocaine use is on the...

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