NOGALES, Ariz. — An incomplete drug smuggling tunnel has been found near
the Arizona-Mexico border during an inspection of Nogales’ main storm drain
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say the tunnel was
discovered Tuesday while the drain running under Grand Avenue was being
Authorities found a concrete access panel embedded in the storm drain floor.
They removed the panel and found a tunnel containing tools, a core drill and
forced air ventilation.
ICE investigators believe the tunnel was in the final stages of construction.
It was about 160 feet long and 2 feet wide by 3 feet tall. All but 7 feet of
the tunnel is on the Arizona side of the border.
Federal authorities have shut down six cross-border smuggling tunnels in the
Nogales area in fiscal year 2013.