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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector now has three wireless robots driven to help agents put a stop to smuggling along the border in Southern Arizona.

Border Patrol agent, Ryan Grimm, helps patrol the several miles of tunnel along the border in Nogales. He says the robots are vital as Mexican drug cartels keep trying to smuggle drugs, weapons and people across the border: "These tubes run right into Mexico, so you don't know what you're dealing with every time you go right into these."

In Nogales alone, agents say there have been 99 drug tunnels discovered within the last 20 years, which is more than any other place along the U.S.- Mexico border.

The robots help agents see in the dark, drive through rough terrain and help look out for possible trouble hundreds of yards ahead of agents.

The robots will help assist agents look for possible trouble under the U.S.-Mexico border from Southern Arizona to California.

Each robot costs up to $40,000 depending on its capability.

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