May 26, 2014 9:09 PM by Lupita Murillo

Residents react to Nogales travel warning

NOGALES - A State Department travel warning into Nogales, Sonora remains in effect.

The News 4 Investigators have learned a threat was made against a Drug Enforcement Administration agent's life. Residents such as Armando Tapia are reacting and questioning the need for the travel warning. He says "Everything seems to be quiet."

Tapia's back yard is the U.S. Mexico border, he says he knows when there's trouble in Mexico. "I haven't seen any violence or anything spilling from Mexico crossing through my backyard."

Unlike a year ago when the Tapia's almost moved out, he says his back yard was like a freeway for drug smugglers, and illegal border crossers, "I kept seeing a lot of people running in and out, hiding, that did scare me." What really frightened him, "One of my daughters heard gunshots. She said dad, somebody is shooting guns outside my window."

Another daughter told us, "One Border Patrol agent passed through here and he told us, did you see the person who rolled a tire with drugs." The smugglers were filling tires with marijuana and then rolling them down the street.

But everything calmed down after a month and Tapia credits Border Patrol and Nogales police for beefing up patrols in the area. However, if activity in his backyard starts gearing up again, "I'll be the first one out of this neighborhood, because my children are growing and I don't want them to be caught in the crossfire. "

Even at the port of entry people weren't concerned about traveling into Mexico. Paulette Compton, an Arizona resident says, "No, not at all we were all the way in San Carlos and had a wonderful time. We had no problems traveling or anything. Loved it."

News 4 contacted the U.S Consulate in Nogales, Sonora for clarification on the travel warning. The offices were open but officials were unavailable due to the holiday.


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