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Border Patrol finds Arizona drug tunnel, seizes 235 pounds of pot

The drug tunnel. (Customs and Border Protection Photo)

PHOENIX -- Border Patrol agents working in the Tucson Sector found a border tunnel earlier this month, the agency said in a press release.

Agents discovered the tunnel Aug. 7 after noticing an area of freshly-disturbed rock and dirt near the DeConcini Port of Entry. The partially-finished tunnel extended 100 feet into the United States and had electrical wiring and ventilation pipes.

The tunnel was filled with water at the time of discovery.

About a week later, agents arrested one person attempting to smuggle about 235 pounds worth of marijuana through the 2.5-by-3-foot tunnel. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $117,000.

Agents are monitoring the tunnel.


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