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Border Patrol agents seize 165 pounds of meth in Nogales drainage tunnel

NOGALES, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents busted two men in Nogales with hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the two men were trying to smuggle more than 165 pounds of suspected methamphetamine through an underground drainage tunnel.

Border Patrol said agents working in Nogales responded to a smuggling attempt shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 17. They then found the two men floating 70 packages of suspected drugs from south to north through a slotted barrier in the tunnel. CBP said the packages were tied to one another with rope so they would not free float down the drainage system.

Two Mexican nationals were taken into custody after they were seen retrieving the packages and putting them into duffel bags.

Both men will now face narcotics smuggling charges as well as immigration-related violations.

CBP said 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 want to remind the public they can report any suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll-free.

Amanda Gomez

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