September 23, 2011

The number of “narcotunnels” discovered along the southern Arizona border has doubled during the 2011 fiscal year, something that authorities attribute to the desperation of the drug cartels to get their illegal products into the United States from Mexico.

According to the Tucson Sector of the Border Patrol, between Oct. 1, 2010, and Aug. 31, 2011, authorities discovered 12 hidden tunnels on the border, twice as many as they found during the previous fiscal year.
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“We know that the main function of these clandestine excavations is to get drugs across,” Kevin Kelly, a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Nogales, Arizona, told Efe.

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