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Jan 20, 2014 10:35 PM by Lupita Murillo

Retired Federal Agent on Mexican shootout: "nothing will ever change down there"

DOUGLAS - Agua Prieta is just on the other side of the fence from Douglas, Arizona. The dusty town plays a major role for the drug cartels. Retired federal agent Terry Kirkpatrick says, "Just 30 miles north of the town they are actually growing and cultivating marijuana."

Kirkpatrick is all too familiar with Agua Prieta. In 1990, he was among the agents who discovered the first trans border tunnel. Kirkpatrick says, "It was the beginning of drugs being openly smuggled in massive amounts."

The tunnel went from Agua Prieta to Douglas. The elaborate concrete tunnel was the length of a football field complete with ventilation, lighting and a hydraulic system that raised a floor where a pool table sat on top.

Underneath it, a passageway from Mexico into the U.S. Agents say it was used to smuggle thousands of pounds of cocaine.

Kirkpatrick says it's the age old story of trying to control the smuggling routes. He says it's going to get worse before it gets better. "Simply because the government is so corrupt. Until they can stop the corruption in the government the old Mexican saying "plata o plomo", The silver or the lead nothing will ever change down there."

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