Agents find drug smuggling tunnel in Nogales while on another investigation

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

NOGALES, Aiz. – Border agents stumbled upon an illicit tunnel while investigating a drug-smuggling tunnel previously discovered east of the port of entry in Nogales, Ariz.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized 665 pounds of marijuana Thursday and it was later determined that the drugs had been smuggled through a tunnel.

While investigating the drug-smuggling tunnel, agents entered a storm drain east of the DeConcini Port of Entry and found a second tunnel. The illicit tunnel ran parallel to the drainage system and reportedly started in Mexico and went into the United States.

“Border Patrol agents continue to remain vigilant and are ready to address any threats, including tunnels, that may cause harm to the United States," said Interim Patrol Agent in Charge Carla Provost.

Friday marks the end of the 2010 Fiscal Year. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, seven tunnels were found in the Tucson sector within the last year.