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Jul 30, 2014 2:46 PM by Associated Press

Smugglers cut through US-Mexico border fence

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Suspected smugglers have cut a garage-sized hole through a steel fence that divides the United States and Mexico.

The U.S. Border Patrol says agents discovered the hole 1 ½ miles east of Nogales, Arizona, on Saturday.

The next day, they discovered that runoff water from rainstorms over the weekend had also knocked down 60 feet of the rebar-reinforced steel fence just west of the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry near Interstate 19 in Nogales. That fence stood between 18 and 26 feet high and extended at least 7 feet underground.

The Border Patrol says it is working on repairs for both fences and has agents monitoring the area.

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