NOGALES - Two Mexican nationals face federal drug smuggling charges Friday night.
A Border Patrol operation reveals they tried to pull 165 pounds of drugs through a storm drain tunnel underneath Grand Ave. in Nogales.
One agent tells News 4 Tucson this method is quite rare:
"This find, this was a very bold move on the part of this smuggling organization," Border Patrol agent Joe Curran said. "They tried to pass this through an area they know is surveilled by Border Patrol and really went to an extreme length to try and get their product across the border. Using a legitimate tunnel system like this is something we typically don't see."
Agent Curran said on Friday, Jan. 17, agents spotted 70 small packages of meth inside the tunnel, tied together with a rope.
Border Patrol calls this the latest example of smugglers trying to get creative to bypass authorities.
"In the past year we've seen body carriers with narcotics taped to their legs or their waste," Curran said. "We've seen ultralight aircrafts. This is one method of many that these organizations use."
Some agents working this case having to go through confined space training just to go inside the tunnel.
During this investigation, the team of agents discovered more than 75,000 individual doses of methamphetamine.
"Those weren't just going to stay in Nogales," Curran said. "Those drugs were destined for other parts of the United States."