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Border agents find smuggling tunnel in Nogales

This Thursday, April 22, 2010 photo shows the international border in Nogales, Ariz.  The first of 532 National Guard troops are set to begin their mission in the southern Arizona desert on Monday, Aug. 30, 2010 under President Barack Obama's plan to beef up U.S.-Mexico border security, although they won't have any law enforcement authority. (AP Photo/Matt York)

This Thursday, April 22, 2010 photo shows the international border in Nogales, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

U.S. Border Patrol agents say they have discovered a partially completed smuggling tunnel west of the border crossing in Nogales.

The tunnel led from storm drains along the border into the U.S. but was still under construction and didn’t have an exit.

The hand-dug tunnel discovered Saturday was about four feet tall and extended just four feet its start in drainage conduits. A similar tunnel was discovered March 4 in the same general area.

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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