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|February 17, 2020|
New cross-border tunnel exposed, second-longest ever found
SAN DIEGO – (INT) – Photos are being released of one of the longest and most sophisticated illicit tunnels ever found beneath the US-Mexico border.
It extends for three-quarters of a mile from beneath a small industrial building in Tijuana to a point just west of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
The 70-foot-deep tunnel includes an extensive rail/cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance, and a complex drainage system.
The Border Patrol said the tunnel was discovered after several months of investigations that began last August when Mexican law enforcement identified the tunnel entrance. The San Diego Tunnel Task Force (SDTTF) began mapping the tunnel from Mexico.
“While subterranean tunnels are not a new occurrence along the California-Mexico border, the sophistication and length of this particular tunnel demonstrates the time-consuming efforts transnational criminal organizations will undertake to facilitate cross-border smuggling,” said Cardell Morant, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations.
Story Date: January 29, 2020