Mexican Drug Smugglers Tunnel Under U.S. Border

The U.S. Border Patrol found an entrance to a tunnel on May 2 in an abandoned building in Nogales, Arizona which runs 250 feet beneath the U.S.-Mexican border. Authorities in Arizona said although they’ve found dozens of tunnels in Nogales, since the 1990s, this one is by far the most sophisticated. The tunnel is complete with electricity, water pumps and ventilation.

Chief Border Patrol agent Randy Hill said those who were building it had chiselled through solid rock and installed lighting and other equipment. The tunnel lies 15 feet beneath the ground and is three feet wide and five feet high.

Hill said, “It is a prime example of the risks traffickers will take and the lengths they will go to smuggle contraband into our country.”
The state of Arizona straddles a heavily trafficked route for powerful Mexican cartels smuggling marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines into the U.S.

At least eight tunnels have been found running beneath the streets on both sides of the border since October last year.


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