Mexican military halt drug tunnel construction near US border

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Mexican Military Halt Drug Tunnel Construction Near U.S. Border

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -- Mexican soldiers foiled the construction of a suspected drug tunnel underneath a house near the U.S. border, arresting nine people and impounding a truck used to clear debris, the Army said on Tuesday.

Wired with lights, the tunnel was being built next to the Tijuana border crossing, south of San Diego, California, and near a Mexican air force installation as well as a regional federal police facility.

Government officials have said that similar tunnels have also been used to smuggle migrants into the United States.

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SHENZHEN, CHINA - DECEMBER 24: (CHINA OUT) General view of an uncompleted 40-meter-long tunnel built by smugglers under Changling village near the border of Shenzhen and Hong Kong on December 24, 2013 in Shenzhen, China. Border police discovered the tunnel on December 19 and have controlled the house owner. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHENZHEN, CHINA - DECEMBER 24: (CHINA OUT) General view of an uncompleted 40-meter-long tunnel built by smugglers under Changling village near the border of Shenzhen and Hong Kong on December 24, 2013 in Shenzhen, China. Border police discovered the tunnel on December 19 and have controlled the house owner. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - DECEMBER 17: A view down an escape tunnel at the Cold War-Era nuclear shelter inside the Hotel Jalta on Wenceslas square on December 17, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic. The hotel has opened the hidden underground bunker to the public to mark its 55th anniversary. The secret shelter was built in the 1950's and was used to carry out surveillance operations and monitor conversations of visitors to the hotel. Its ventilation system and concrete reinforcement was intended to provide protection against radioactive contamination, nuclear explosions and aerial bombardment. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
The entrance to a 45m long tunnel built for a bank robbery into a branch of the Berliner Volksbank in January 2013 is pictured on May 28, 2013 in Berlin, Germany A spokeswoman of the Berliner Volksbank said on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 that the secret passage will be filled up with about 200 cubic meters of soil. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
The entrance to a 45m long tunnel built for a bank robbery into a branch of the Berliner Volksbank in January 2013 , is pictured on May 28, 2013 in Berlin, Germany A spokeswoman of the Berliner Volksbank said on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 that the secret passage will be filled up with about 200 cubic meters of soil. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
'The businesses they put down there were for men only,' said Bill Starr, owner of Starr Antiques, Wolf Hotel and the Ellinwood Underground, as he talks about the Ellinwood, Kansas's tunnels, May 4, 2011. (Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/MCT via Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 17: A worker passes redundant electrical equipment in a formely secret air raid tunnel on October 17, 2008 in London. The once secret tunnels were built 100 feet under central London in 1940 as fully equipped air raid shelters and could accommodate 8000 people. They have since been used by MI6 and the Public Records Office to hold 400 tons of secret documents. Current owners British Telecom (BT) once housed the London trunk exchange of the secure Transatlantic hot line between the Presidents of the US and the Soviet Union. BT are now seeking a buyer as the tunnels are surplus to requirements. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP - DECEMBER 07: Palestinian police officers carry bags of hay as they inspect a tin cabin which was used to hide dried Bango plant (Hashish) and smuggled rifles on December 7, 2005 in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian security forces closed two tunnels that had been used to smuggle arms, drugs and illegal goods from neighboring Egypt. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP - DECEMBER 07: Palestinian security officers destroy and close a tunnel leading across the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, December 7, 2005, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian security forces closed two tunnels that had been used to smuggle in arms, hashish, drugs and illegal goods from neighboring Egypt. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)
This Oct. 30, 2013 photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows a tunnel inking warehouses in Tijuana and San Diego to smuggle drugs. The tunnel is equipped with electricity, ventilation and a rail system, U.S. authorities said Thursday, Oct. 31, making it one of the more sophisticated secret passages discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
This image provided by the San Diego Tunnel Task Force shows the entrance to a cross-border tunnel in San Diego on Tuesday Nov. 29, 2011, the latest in a spate of secret passages found to smuggle drugs from Mexico. The tunnel was found in San Diego's Otay Mesa area, a warehouse district across the border from Tijuana, according to authorities. (AP Photo/San Diego Tunnel Task Force)
In this July 7, 2005, file photo, the back of the Hall of Records tunnel, located behind the presidential faces at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, holds supplies during the pressure washing of the monument. A secret Black Hills tunnel featured in the movie "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," which opened Friday, Dec.21, 2007, was much more elaborate than the actual one. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)
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Over the past decade, dozens of illegal tunnels have been found across the roughly 2,000 mile (3,200 km) U.S.-Mexico border.

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