A Border Patrol agent drives his white and green vehicle, above, along the border fence as cars and people cross a road the runs alongside the international border in Tijuana, Mexico, Friday, June 22, 2012. Former Border Patrol agents Raul Villarreal and his older brother and fellow former agent, Fidel Villarreal, are charged with smuggling hundreds of Brazilians and Mexicans to the United States in Border Patrol vehicles. Federal prosecutors say the brothers were tipped they were under investigation in June 2006, prompting them to empty their retirement accounts and flee to Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Posted: Sunday, July 8, 2012 2:18 pm
Updated: 7:04 pm, Fri Mar 8, 2013.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's army has uncovered a 755-foot (230-meter) tunnel running under the Sonora-Arizona border that was used to smuggle drugs into the United States.
Mexico's defense secretariat says the tunnel linked a soon-to-be-opened ice and purified water business in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora to a business in San Luis, Arizona.
Gen. Raul Guereca said Saturday that the tunnel was 4.25 feet (1.3 meters) high and reached a depth of almost 60 feet (18 meters) below ground. It had electricity, ventilation and small cars to transport the drugs through the tunnel.
Officials did not say which cartel they thought had built the tunnel. As U.S. authorities have tightened land crossings, tunnels have become a popular way for Mexico's cartels to smuggle drugs and people into the U.S.
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Sunday, July 8, 2012 2:18 pm.
Updated: 7:04 pm.