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Authorities uncover 100-ft cros border narco-tunnel spanning from Mexico to Nogales, Arizona

August 29, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities uncover 100-ft cros border narco-tunnel spanning from Mexico to Nogales, Arizona

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Authorities in Mexico have announced the discovery of a 103-foot narco-tunnel spanning the border from Mexico to Arizona. Law enforcement officials said police discovered the narco-tunnel on Sunday.

In a press release, the National Commission for Security stated that authorities uncovered the tunnel after officers noticed an anomaly in the surface of drainage pipes that lead from Sonora Mexico to the United States.

According to the statement, when police officers went to inspect the change in texture within the surface, they broke through and found the concealed passageway.

The Associated Press reported officials, who said the unfinished cross-border tunnel spanned 103 feet (31.5 meters) long starting in Sonora, Mexico and was meant to exit in an empty lot on the U.S. side in Nogales, Arizona.

The statement also explained that the first half of the tunnel had re-shored wooden beams to secure the passage.

However, police said the second half of the tunnel remained incomplete and had not yet broken the surface on the U.S. side.

The building of drug tunnels has proliferated in the past 26 years all along the 2,000-mile border frontier between the US and Mexico. Drug traffickers use the passageways to smuggle large illegal drug shipments across the border into the U.S. undetected.

Out of the 144 narco tunnels, authorities have uncovered over 110 since 1990 in Nogales, located 70 miles south of Tuscon, Arizona.

Drug trafficking organizations, specifically the Sinaloa Federation, are known to be very proficient in constructing narco tunnels.

Law enforcement officials in the U.S. say drug smuggling corridors along the Arizona border with Mexico including the city of Nogales, remains under the firm control of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The criminal organization’s leader, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, managed his famous escape from the Altiplano maximum security prison, located west of Mexico City, through a 1.5-mile tunnel fitted with lights, a motorcycle-mounted rail system and oxygen back in July 2015.

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