Completed drug tunnel shut down in Nogales

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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:21 pm

Federal authorities shut down a completed drug-smuggling tunnel Tuesday night in the backyard shed of a Nogales home.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, investigators learned that there was a drug tunnel at a residence approximately one-and-a-half miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. When members of the Nogales Tunnel Task Force, a multi-agency entity led by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations went to the home, they discovered the tunnel entrance in the shed.

An NI staffer witnessed authorities taking evidence from the property, which is on Bankard Avenue.

“The crude, hand-dug tunnel is approximately 52 feet long and roughly two feet wide by three feet tall, with some wood shoring,” ICE said in a news release. “It runs from the shed to a nearby underground sewage line that ultimately crosses the international boundary.”

No people or drugs were found inside the tunnel, but authorities seized eight pounds of white heroin, three pounds of marijuana and more than $1,400 in U.S. currency from inside the house.

No arrests have yet been made in the case, which remains under investigation, ICE said.

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