Drug-smuggling tunnel found in backyard shed of Nogales home

Drug-smuggling tunnel

Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A drug-smuggling tunnel was discovered in the backyard shed of a Nogales, Ariz., home.


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on December 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 4:21 PM

NOGALES, Ariz. – Federal authorities shut down a drug-smuggling tunnel discovered in a backyard shed in Nogales, Ariz.

Members of the Nogales Tunnel Task Force developed information that a drug-smuggling tunnel was located at a residence approximately 1.5 miles north of the international border in the Nogales city limits.

They responded to the house Tuesday night and discovered the tunnel entrance in a backyard shed.

The crude, hand-dug tunnel was approximately 52 feet long and roughly 2 feet wide by 3 feet tall with some wood shoring, according to officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The tunnel ran from the shed to a nearby underground sewage line that ultimately crosses the international boundary.

No people or drugs were found inside the passageway, but authorities seized 8 pounds of white heroin, 3 pounds of marijuana and more than $1,400 in U.S. currency from inside the house.

No arrests have been made in the case, which remains under investigation.

BEST Nogales Tunnel Task Force is composed of full-time members from Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Border Patrol, Nogales Police Department, the Santa Cruz County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.