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Arizona in Brief: Bases in 4 states being studied as locations for F-35 unit

An F-35 Lightning II lands at the conclusion of the Heritage Flight during Luke Days at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., March 18, 2018. (Staff Sgt. Tyler J. Bolken/Air Force)

An F-35 Lightning II lands at the conclusion of the Heritage Flight during Luke Days at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., March 18, 2018. (Staff Sgt. Tyler J. Bolken/Air Force)

Bases in 4 states being studied as locations for F-35 unit

TUCSON (AP) — Military bases in Arizona, Florida and Missouri are being studied by the Air Force along with one in Texas already identified as the preferred location for basing an Air Force Reserve squadron of 24 F-35 fighters.

A notice published Wednesday in the Federal Register says Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base is the preferred alternative and that the “reasonable alternatives” being studied for environmental suitability are Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, Homestead Air Force Base in Florida and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

If F-35s are assigned to Davis-Monthan and Whiteman, they would replace A-10 attack jets. They would replace F-16 fighters at Homestead or Fort Worth.

US border officials arrest man with drugs fastened to torso

TUCSON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say they have arrested a 21-year-old American man on suspicion of trying to smuggle more than eight pounds (3.6 kilograms) of methamphetamine from Mexico into the United States with the drugs wrapped around his torso.

Custom officers at a pedestrian crossing at the San Luis crossing in Arizona found the drugs on Thursday after they were detected by a police dog. A package containing the drugs was fastened to the man’s body under his shirt. Authorities reported the arrest on Friday and said the seized methamphetamine was worth more than $24,000.

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