Mexico, Arizona tunnel discovered with marijuana
By Dialogo March 05, 2012
MEXICO CITY – Mexican and U.S. authorities discovered on March 1 a tunnel leading into the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona that contained 240 kilograms (529 pounds) of marijuana.
While conducting an investigation in a residential area of Nogales, Arizona police found a tunnel of some 60 meters (197 feet) long running under the international border, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.
Mexican Federal police and U.S. agents simultaneously entered the tunnel, which connects Nogales, Sonora, Mexico to Nogales, Arizona.
The tunnel was allegedly “used to transport illegal drugs to the United States,” as evidenced by “22 bundles of marijuana, with a combined weight” of 240 kilograms discovered inside, Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Security said.
Since 1999, authorities have found at least 155 illegal tunnels under different parts of the lengthy U.S.-Mexico border. Officials say smugglers use the tunnels to bring people and drugs into the United States.
[AFP, 03/02/2012; Univision.com, 03/02/2012]