Authorities shut down 481-foot border drug tunnel

Authorities shut down 481-foot border drug tunnel

Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Authorities shut down 481-foot border drug tunnel

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Posted on February 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 13 at 2:16 PM

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -- Federal authorities in southern Arizona say they've shut down one of the longest drug tunnels ever discovered in the border city of Nogales.

A task force led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations also arrested three men late Monday and seized more than 640 pounds of marijuana and a half-pound of heroin.

Authorities say the 481-foot tunnel runs between two private residences accessed by shafts at each end.

The tunnel stretches 411 feet from the U.S. entrance to the international border and extends for another 70 feet into Mexico.

The passageway is about 2 feet wide by 3 feet tall and contains wood shoring, electric lighting and fans to circulate air inside.

Two of the arrested men are from Mexico while the other is from Nogales, Ariz.

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