Federal officials report smuggling tunnel extended into US

Federal officials report smuggling tunnel extended into US
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said the tunnel may have started near the Mariposa Port of Entry on the Mexico side of the border. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said the tunnel may have started near the Mariposa Port of Entry on the Mexico side of the border. (Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Federal authorities have released more information about an unfinished smuggling tunnel discovered at the U.S.-Mexico border.

On Tuesday, authorities said the tunnel extended 30 feet into the United States and was located east of the Morley Port of Entry in Nogales.

As KOLD News 13 first reported Monday night, Mexican authorities uncovered the tunnel's entrance in Nogales, Sonora. The Mexican authorities then contacted American officials.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents took over the investigation and confirmed while the 80-foot tunnel was unfinished, it did extend into Arizona.

Authorities suspect the tunnel was going to be used to smuggle narcotics and/or people into the United States.

Since 1990, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents have investigated more than 115 tunnels, 110 in the Nogales area alone. They have seized more than of 17,500 pounds of narcotics.

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