A drug-smuggling tunnel has been discovered along the United States-Mexico border with hundreds of pounds of drugs seized, authorities said.
ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents discovered the tunnel late Tuesday night, Dec.17, after executing a search warrant on a house in Nogales, Arizona, KKTV reported.
Authorities seized about 200 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl.
HSI special agents & task force officers in Nogales executed a federal search warrant & discovered a tunnel along the U.S. Mexico border, seizing nearly 200 lbs of meth, almost 2 lbs of white heroin, close to 3 lbs of cocaine, over 6.5 lbs of fentanyl https://t.co/e1E97xqRMj pic.twitter.com/EO6FMUtL5N
— ICE (@ICEgov) 19 December 2019
They said the 8-foot deep tunnel runs from the house and stretches 82 feet to the entrance of the International Outfall Interceptor (IOI) gravity wastewater pipeline that runs from Nogales, Sonora State, Mexico, across the border to Rio Rico, Arizona.
The tunnel included a sophisticated ventilation system and was substantially reinforced to prevent collapse.
Special agents estimate the tunnel has been in existence for a few months, officials said.
The agents also arrested two Mexican men on suspicion of drug smuggling.
“It comes as no surprise that HSI special agents on the BEST and those on the Joint Port Enforcement Group (JPEG) dismantled an operational drug tunnel along the border,” Scott Brown, special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix, said in a written statement. “As this investigation makes clear, we remain focused on exposing border crime and combating the cartels’ increasingly unabashed underground smuggling tactics.”