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Secret vodka smuggling pipeline discovered under Kyrgyzstan river

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Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have shut down a secret pipeline used to smuggle thousands of liters of alcohol into the country from Kazakhstan. The 8-inch wide tube was discovered during what's described as a "routine" patrol by Kyrgyz border guards, according to the AKIpress news agency. Running over a third of a mile in length, the pipeline was situated along the bottom of the Chu river.

Vodka was the primary alcohol tunneled in from Kazakhstan, and authorities believe the operation may have been running uninhibited for months prior to the shocking find. With the underground booze tunnel now out of order, they've shifted their focus to finding those responsible. No arrests have been made in the case yet, however. A similar plot was foiled last year when another pipeline – this one carrying oil — was found in the Chu river.