Authorities close down incomplete drug smuggling tunnel in Nogales

NOGALES, AZ - Authorities found an incomplete drug tunnel Friday in Nogales, Mexico, and shut it down, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Four transnational tunnels have been found in the area in fiscal year 2014, bringing the total up to 101 since 1990, ICE says.

The Nogales Tunnel Task Force got information that the smuggling tunnel was being built inside a house on the Mexican side of the Nogales border, only yards away from the fence at the Mariposa Port of Entry, according to Amber Cargile of ICE Public Affairs.

The task force told Mexican authorities about the possible tunnel, and Mexican officials found the entrance to the tunnel in a shed in the house’s backyard, Cargile says.

The tunnel wasn’t complete, as there wasn’t an exit on the U.S. side. It measured 449 feet long, with 60 feet in Mexico and 389 feet in the U.S., according to Cargile.

The 4-foot-tall tunnel ends under a canyon east of the Mariposa entry point.

Authorities didn’t find any people or drugs in the tunnel, and they haven’t arrested anyone yet, Cargile says.

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