Cross-border tunnel discovered in Nogales

A cross-border tunnel was discovered about a half-mile west of the Dennis Deconcini Port of Entry in Nogales on Sunday.

Contributed Article/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection

NOGALES – U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered a cross-border tunnel running beneath the streets of Nogales, Arizona, on Sunday.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Agents located a cross-border tunnel Sunday, west of the DeConcini Crossing in Nogales

Tucson Sector agents confirmed the existence of the tunnel around 7:45 p.m., following its initial discovery by video surveillance. Agents located the tunnel’s 2-feet-by-2-feet exit approximately one-half mile west of the DeConcini Port of Entry and about 3 feet north of the border. Mexico’s Guardia Nacional located its entrance in the floor of the existing Grand Avenue Drainage System in Mexico.

The rudimentary, hand-dug tunnel extended for approximately 10 feet and had no shoring, ventilation, or lighting.

This is the 127th tunnel discovered in the Tucson Sector since 1990 and the first discovered this fiscal year.

Binational cooperation between the U.S. Border Patrol and the Government of Mexico plays a vital role in border security. Efforts, such as tunnel sweeps, aim to disrupt transnational criminal organizations and prevent the smuggling of narcotics and humans across the border.

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