'Most sophisticated smuggling tunnel in US history' found on Mexico border with its own rail track and electricity
A SMUGGLING tunnel discovered beneath the US-Mexico border is "the most sophisticated in US history.”
The illegal passage, found by border agents in late July, ran from San Luis, Arizona, to a Mexican neighborhood, and had a ventilation system, water lines, electrical wiring and a rail system.
The elaborate underpass measured three feet wide, four feet high, and was extensively reinforced.
It was only partially built, but intended for smuggling people or drugs from Mexico to the US, authorities said Thursday.
“This appears to be the most sophisticated tunnel in US history, and certainly the most sophisticated I’ve seen in my career,” said Carl E. Landrum, acting chief patrol agent with the Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector.
Homeland Security Investigations discovered a sinkhole in the area of a tunnel investigation, authorities said, and sent a camera 25 feet underground.
"We're kind of amazed the way this tunnel was finished," Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agent Vinny Duleksy told KYMA.
"All sides, to include the floor, were wood. It came complete with a rail system, full electric, and a ventilation system as well."
Border agents are working with Mexican authorities to find those responsible for the tunnel.
"Homeland Security Investigations and our esteemed law enforcement partners swiftly and effectively worked together to uncover and dismantle a cross-border tunnel for smuggling purposes into the United States," Scott Brown, HSI special agent in charge in Phoenix, said in a statement.
"Despite the international pandemic, HSI and our law enforcement colleagues remains resilient and committed to pursuing dangerous criminal trans-border smuggling activities along the southwest border."
It's just the latest of several border-crossing tunnels to be found this year.
In January the longest ever border-smuggling tunnel was discovered, stretching three-quarters of a mile from Tijuana to near San Diego.
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