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142ft Border Tunnel in Calexico


Last updated 4/19/2016 at 8:26am

An eagle eyed Border Patrol agent found more than he bargained for Thursday, April 14 after noticing a depression in the soil along the banks of the All-American Canal.

Authorities with El Centro Sector Border Patrol said it's the third tunnel discovered in Calexico in the past year, with the most recent being found only three weeks previously. The cross-border tunnel was discovered at about 11:30 a.m., about two miles east of the Calexico East Port of Entry while the agent was working along the International Border with Mexico.

After approaching the depression on foot, the soil gave way to expose a hole that was 18 inches in diameter with lumber and electrical wiring inside. Agents described the tunnel as being about three-feet by three-feet wide and about 142 feet long with its point of origin beginning approximately 60 feet south of the International Border in Mexico and extending into the United States.

"This is exactly what our Border Patrol agents are on patrol for," said El Centro Sector Chief Rodney Scott. "They are on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary along our vast Southwest border. This agent saw something that didn't look quite right and it turned out to be a tunnel," Scott said.

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