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Underground tunnel found on the U.S. – Mexico border

July 15th 2012   ·   19 Comments

Mexican authorities found a new drug smuggling tunnel on the Arizona – Mexico border Friday, the fourth discovery in the past week. The passage was found near Nogales, Ariz., during a drainage system inspection on the Mexican side of the border.

On Thursday, Mexican troops had found another underground tunnel beneath the Tijuana – San Diego border and seized more than 40 tons of marijuana. The alleyway is a 365-meter long construction originated in a warehouse, and extended 100 meters into the U.S.

Soldiers found the Tijuana warehouse with four moving trucks filled with the drug, a trailer full of dirt, and excavation equipment. The tunnel was equipped with a railcar system. Three people were detained.

A week ago, a completed tunnel was discovered in an empty mall store connecting San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora and San Luis, Arizona. The 240-yard tunnel showed a top level of sophistication.

According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE,) more than 150 secret tunnels have been found along the U.S. – Mexico border since 1990.

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Readers Comments (19)

  1. Patty Ryan says:

    maybe this can stop some of the drug and gun smugglers!

  2. Rick Allen says:

    theres plenty more stay tuned!

  3. we for got the hand grenades!!!!

  4. Joanie Leib says:

    that isn’t the first and it won’t be the last.

  5. Yes, a lot had been found earlier, and many more to come….

  6. I saw they should be dynamited as they are found!

  7. Or set traps in them like the Anchient tombs had.

  8. when are we going to say enough is enough….there is a national security problem

  9. when are we going to say enough is enough….there is a national security problem

  10. Trap doors hidden to prevent escape!

  11. Trap doors hidden to prevent escape!

  12. blow the length of it…..WE WANT THE REPORT OF JUST THAT.

  13. blow the length of it…..WE WANT THE REPORT OF JUST THAT.

  14. This is the ONLY way Obama can win this election….. Import votes thru tunnels…………….dj

  15. I absolutely believe the tunnels should be dynamited when they are found. They will just dig another, but at least that one will be closed. Oh, hope they aren’t guarding it with Fast and Furious Guns

  16. Still believe that Marine Snipers posted at caves end selectively dealing with those exiting would be a strong, strong deterrent.

  17. They need to booby trap the tunnel and put the trigger on our end and see how many of the drug cartels personnel disappear.

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