Packages of meth were seized from smugglers operating in a drainage tunnel in Nogales.

U.S. Border Patrol agents busted two men trying to smuggle more than 165 pounds of methamphetamine through a drainage tunnel below the streets of Nogales.

According to a news release issued Friday, agents discovered two men floating packages of suspected narcotics northward through a slotted barrier in the tunnel shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 17.

“The 70 packages were tied to one another with rope, so they would not free-float down the drainage system,” the Border Patrol said.

The suspects, both adult male Mexican nationals, were arrested after they were seen retrieving the packages and stuffing them into duffel bags. They face narcotics-smuggling charges as well as immigration-related violations.    

A Border Patrol spokesman said the meth load was large enough to be broken down into 75,000 individual doses. The estimated value of the drugs was $200,000.

“Transnational criminal organizations exploiting subterranean tunnels continue to be a trend in the Nogales area,” Friday’s news release said.

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