TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working in Nogales arrested two men attempting to smuggle more than 165 pounds of suspected methamphetamine through a legitimate underground drainage tunnel January 17.
Shortly after 8:30 p.m., agents responded to a smuggling attempt inside of a large drainage tunnel underneath the streets of Nogales.
Agents discovered two men floating packages of suspected narcotics from south to north through a slotted barrier in the tunnel. The 70 packages were tied to one another with rope, so they would not free float down the drainage system.
Two Mexican nationals, both adult men, were arrested after they were seen retrieving the packages of and stuffing them into duffel bags.
Transnational criminal organizations exploiting subterranean tunnels continue to be a trend in the Nogales area. Both men will face narcotics smuggling charges as well as immigration-related violations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll-free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.