DEA discovers another smuggling tunnel under border in Arizona

AP Photo/Drug Enforcement Administration

In this undated photo provided by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, shows the tunnel shaft entrance on the U.S. side of a 240-yard, complete and fully operational drug smuggling tunnel that ran from a small business in Arizona to an ice plant on the Mexico side of the border, Thursday, July 12, 2012, in San Luis, Ariz.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration discovered another tunnel for drug, weapon, and human smuggling under the U.S.-Mexico Border in the small Arizona town of San Luis last weekend, the Fronteras Project reports. On Thursday, agents revealed some of what they found.

DEA investigators had been watching an empty business in a shopping center just northwest of the San Luis Port of Entry since January. A drug bust during a traffic stop lead to a search warrant Saturday morning where agents discovered the tunnel.

The tunnel is 750 feet long, 6-feet tall and three 3 feet wide, and dug its way 50 feet under the U.S.-Mexico Border. It’s equipped with electricity and a ventilation system—something the agency rarely sees.

"I can’t think that I’ve seen too many more that had this amount of work and this amount of sophistication behind it," said Doug Coleman of the DEA. "Most of the time what we find here in Arizona is just dug into the dirt or used through the sewer system in Nogales."

U.S. Officials say this is the first fully functional tunnel found in Yuma County, but had not been in use for long.

It is believed to have been used by the Sinaloa cartel.

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