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Homeland Security: 82-foot drug tunnel discovered near Nogales

Posted at 1:39 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 15:53:45-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security discovered a tunnel used for drug smuggling near Nogales Tuesday.

According to the agency, Homeland Security Investigations special agents on the Border Enforcement Security Task Force found the tunnel after executing a search warrant late in the night.

They found an 8-feet-deep, 82-feet-long tunnel that ran from a home on North Morley to a wastewater pipeline that stretches from Nogales, Son. to Rio Rico, Ariz.

The tunnel was reinforced and had a ventilation system reinforced by 2x4s and beams with a crawlspace.

Agents say the tunnel has been in operation for a few months.

Agents seized 200 pounds of meth, nearly two pounds of white heroin, nearly three pounds of cocaine and more than 6.5 pounds of fentanyl. They also arrested two Mexican national suspects -- Jovany Robledo-Delgado and Jesus Martinez Selgado -- on charges of possession and conspiracy to distribute hard narcotics. Agents also seized a vehicle.