Drug-Smuggling Tunnel Found Outside Nogales Home

December 20, 2013

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Federal authorities say they have shut down a drug-smuggling tunnel discovered in a backyard shed in southern Arizona.

Members of the Nogales Tunnel Task Force developed information that a drug-smuggling tunnel was located at a Nogales house about 1 and a half miles north of the international border. Authorities discovered the tunnel entrance in a backyard shed.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the crude, hand-dug tunnel was approximately 52 feet long and roughly two feet wide by three feet tall with some wood shoring. The tunnel ran from the shed to a underground sewage line that ultimately crosses the international boundary.

No people or drugs were found inside the passageway. Authorities seized eight pounds of white heroin, three pounds of marijuana and more than $1,400 in cash from inside the house.