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Unfinished border tunnel found in Arizona city

Chief of the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Michael Fisher speaks during the 2011 Border Security Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 in Phoenix.   Fisher says that his agency must understand the capabilities and vulnerabilities of violent smuggling organizations to have any hope of dismantling them. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic,  Carlos Chavez)

Chief of the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Michael Fisher speaks during the 2011 Border Security Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 in Phoenix. Fisher says that his agency must understand the capabilities and vulnerabilities of violent smuggling organizations to have any hope of dismantling them. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Carlos Chavez)

U.S. Border Patrol agents and Mexican law enforcement discovered an unfinished smuggling tunnel this week in the Arizona border city of Nogales.

The tunnel that extended 18 feet into the United States was still under construction and didn’t have an exit on the U.S side.

It was discovered Tuesday west of the DeConcini Port of Entry as part of a series of searches for tunnels.

Agents have found dozens of drug tunnels in Nogales since the 1990s.

The proliferation of tunnels is attributed to the government putting more border fencing, Border Patrol agents and technology at the border in recent years.

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