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TUCSON, Ariz. - While performing a secondary inspection of the vehicle, agents discovered two after-market compartments with one individual hiding in each compartment. The compartments were equipped with external latches but no means of escape for the individuals hiding inside. In an emergency, the subjects would have been trapped.

Smuggling organizations often use dangerous methods of transporting people across the border with no regard for safety.

The Border Patrol is holding the driver pending prosecution charges but will process the Mexican nationals for removal, in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.  – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station, working at the I-19 checkpoint on Aug. 14, arrested a U.S. citizen after finding two male Mexican nationals hiding in secret compartments within a Ford Expedition.

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, arrested a 23-year-old woman from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for attempting to smuggle 172 pounds of marijuana into the United States on Aug. 15. After officers referred the woman for a secondary inspection of her Dodge sedan, a CBP narcotics-detection canine helped officers locate multiple packages of marijuana, with a combined value of $86,000, from various interior and exterior areas of the vehicle.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the subject over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.


Conair Soon To Boast Second Largest Corporate Campus In Greater Phoenix Area

Glendale, Ariz.---Consumer-products manufacturer Conair Corp. has broken ground on the design-build construction of a new $40 million plus facility adjacent to their existing campus in the Glen Harbor Business Park.

This pushes the total Conair campus square footage in Glendale to 2.3 million sq.-ft. --- that’s 52.8 acres under roof. --- making the Glendale Conair Campus the second largest in the valley behind Intel.

Best known as the maker of curling irons and hair dryers, New Jersey-based Conair plans to complete construction on its new one million sq.-ft. Global distribution and e-commerce center by next July. The expansion also brings an estimated 300 new jobs to Glendale, for a total of 750 Conair employees in Glendale.

“Conair has had a presence in Glendale since 1992 and is extremely pleased to announce the creation of a new 1 million sq.-ft. state-of-the- art distribution center, with an internal three-level mezzanine,” said Conair Senior Vice President John Mayorek. “With this expansion effort, Conair will create a campus in the Glen Harbor Business Park totaling more than 2.3 million sq.-ft., bring hundreds of permanent jobs to the area and reaffirm its longstanding commitment to the city of Glendale and all its residents.”

The company already employs about 450 people at the Glendale Airpark, where it opened a distribution center in 1992 and went on to expand operations in the midst of the downturned national economy in 2009 by purchasing the former KB distribution center and opening a national return center.

Conair has plans for 300 New Glendale jobs

The Glendale Conair facility expansion brings an estimated 300 new jobs to the city. Those will include data entry, shipping, receiving and warehousing work, online customer service reps, management and executive staff to support their worldwide operations. Conair’s expansion nearly doubles the company's presence in the city.

“Conair’s continued and significant investment in Glendale is welcomed and appreciated,” said Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps. “With this expansion, the company’s Glendale operations will be the second largest corporate campus in the metro Phoenix area. Conair is a great example of the type of Quality Company and household name that we want to continue to attract and assist to expand in the city.”

The company should begin distribution center operations in 2017 and expand to hiring 300 employees by 2020.


Earthwork and grading already underway

D.L. Withers Construction is providing design-build services to Conair. D.L. Withers has a longstanding relationship working with Conair beginning with the construction of Conair’s first facility in Glendale in 1992. D.L. Withers is working with Butler Design Group to provide design and construction services for the new facility.

“The project team is working closely with the city of Glendale to facilitate design and approvals for the project to help achieve Conair’s goals for the new facility,” said David Bradley, Vice President at D. L. Withers.

This is the time to be on guard against mosquito-borne diseases.

PRESCOTT, AZ (August 15, 2016) – As the monsoon season continues, it is important for all residents of Prescott to be aware of available precautions that guard against mosquito-borne diseases.

Mosquitoes carry diseases like Zika, West Nile virus, Chikungunya, Dengue and Yellow fever. The most important prevention measure that Prescott residents can take is removing standing water from around your property. The mosquito that is specific to Yavapai County and transmits most mosquito-borne diseases is called the Aedes aegypti (ae). This type of mosquito will not travel very far from its home for a blood meal, or “mosquito bite,” therefore, as opportunities for reproduction around Prescott properties are removed, the chance of being bit is also dramatically reduced. Mosquitoes need water to reproduce so by removing all standing water we also remove the breeding grounds. Items like water dishes, bird baths, tires, and anything that can hold as little as an inch of water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Other prevention tips from Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) include:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
  • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.
  • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age.
  • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs, or cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
  • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
  • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
  • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items. Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings depending on product information. If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully. Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin. They are intended to treat clothing.

For more information contact the Yavapai County Community Health Services at (928) 771-3122.

Image: James Gathany, CDC. Larvae of Culex Mosquitoes. As seen on the picture, larvae make dense groups in standing water.

Photo Credit: James Gathany Content Providers(s): CDC - This media comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Image Library

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