Mexico finds smuggling tunnel near US border

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm •  Published: December 28, 2012
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It was unclear whether officials made any arrests, but the house where the tunnel was found was seized by the local government. Military officials did not say how long they believed the tunnel had been under construction, but authorities say it can take six months to a year to build such a passage.

Sophisticated secret tunnels stretching across the international border have become increasingly common as drug cartels invent new ways to smuggle enormous loads of heroin, marijuana and other drugs into U.S.

More than 70 such tunnels have been found since October 2008, most of them concentrated along the border in California and Arizona. In Nogales, Arizona, smugglers tap into vast underground drainage canals.

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AP correspondent Brian Skoloff contributed to this report from Phoenix, Ariz.

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