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Man Enters Airport Ramp Area Through Sewer System

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File photo of an airport tarmac. (credit: SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — The Albuquerque airport says it is tightening security after a man entered a ramp area through the airport’s sewer system.

According to KOAT, 37-year-old Robert Mondragon emerged from a storm drain gate after walking several miles through a large storm drain Tuesday night.

Mondragon was taken into custody after he approached a freight area and was surrounded by workers who called police.

Albuquerque Sunport spokesman Dan Jiron says the incident exposes a vulnerability that is being corrected. He wouldn’t elaborate.

“The individual was out here on the ramp at the cargo area for a matter of seconds before he was challenged, detained and taken into custody by our officers,” Jiron told KOAT.

Jiron says Mondragon was disoriented, tired, thirsty and looking for a way out of the drainage system.

Police say Mondragon was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing. They say he had a large knife on him but didn’t appear to have foul play in mind.

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