Border Patrol agents discover a partially built tunnel under the Mexico-Arizona border fence
- CBP found an unfinished tunnel near the Mexico-Arizona border fence
- The discovery was made Monday as indentured workers were working on a border wall project on the U.S. side of the international border
- CBP said the clandestine tunnel went down eight to 12 feet under the fence
- The Mexican army found another hole on the other side of the border
- The secret tunnel started from San Luis Rio Colorado, a town in the state of Sonora
Border agents found a partially built cross-border tunnel in Arizona, U.S. customs and border protection announced Wednesday.
A unit of CBP officers assigned to the Yuma Border Sector and Homeland Security Investigations agents confirmed the discovery after being tipped off by contractors working on a border wall project west of San Luis harbor.
The workers became suspicious when they came across a collection of plywood and boards left behind when removing soil from the area.
CBP said the unfinished tunnel was at least 8 to 12 feet long and entered Mexico under the border fence.
Border Agents in Yuma, Arizona, discovered an underground partially-built tunnel Monday connecting the U.S. border town to Sonora, Mexico. The hole was about 8 to 12 feet
CBP said the tunnel was the sixth discovered in the Yuma sector
It is the sixth tunnel discovered in the area of responsibility of the Yuma sector.
CBP said Yuma Sector Border Patrol and HSI agents contacted their counterparts in Mexico, who discovered the original location where the smugglers started the tunnel operation.
The hole on the Mexican side of the border was about 10 to 12 feet away from the original sinkhole.
The Mexican military reported finding a ladder at the tunnel entrance in San Luis Rio Colorado, a town in the state of Sonora.
“Law enforcement on both sides of the fence will continue to monitor and inspect the tunnel,” CBP said.
In January, the U.S. Border Patrol San Diego Sector discovered the longest tunnel ever built by drug smugglers that connected Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego.
The tunnel was created in an industrial area about half a mile west of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
It stretched north to the United States, CBP said, “bending slightly west and extending an amazing 4,068 feet from the border, with a total length of 4,309 feet.”
The tunnel was about five and a half feet long and two feet wide, and was about 70 feet from the surface.
The construction workers are setting up ‘a rail / cart system’, forced air ventilation, high voltage cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance and a complex drainage system. ‘