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Updated Feb 14, 2013 - 11:14 am

Feds shut down drug tunnel in southern Arizona

NOGALES, Ariz. — Federal authorities say they’ve shut down a cross-border
drug smuggling tunnel in southern Arizona and seized more than 1,200 pounds of

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations
officials say the tunnel was discovered Wednesday in Nogales and shut down with
assistance from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

HIS agents were conducting surveillance in the area and saw a van in a parking
lot about 200 yards east of the Morley Pedestrian Gate.

They say two men near the van attempted to flee on foot, but were arrested.

Authorities found 22 bundles of marijuana in the van and 29 bundles of
marijuana inside the tunnel, weighing a total of 1,210 pounds.

They say the crude, hand-dug tunnel is about 68 feet long and approximately 2
feet wide.


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