Smuggling tunnel with water, electricity found in Nogales

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

NOGALES, Ariz. – A smuggling tunnel was discovered in the border town of Nogales, Ariz., a week ago.

Border Patrol agents found evidence of a tunnel on May 2 and on May 5 agents working with the Mexican government confirmed the presence of the tunnel on the Arizona side of the border.

The origin of the tunnel was located inside an abandoned building in Nogales, Sonora. It measured about 250 feet long and was approximately 3 feet wide by 5 feet in height.

The tunnel reached 15 feet underground and authorities say it had electricity, water pumps and ventilation.

“This tunnel is more sophisticated than other recently discovered tunnels,” said Chief Patrol Agent Randy Hill. “They chiseled through solid rock and then installed electricity, lighting, water pumps, and ventilation.  It is a prime example of the risks traffickers will take and the lengths they will go to smuggle contraband into our country.”

Any suspicious activity along the border can be reported anonymously by calling 1-877-872-7435.