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Cross-border Tunnel Discovered near Jacumba
Release Date:
October 9, 2018
JACUMBA, Calif. – The San Diego Sector U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigate a tunnel discovery near Jacumba.

The tunnel had a rail system and electricity, ventilation and lighting.

On Sept. 19, 2018, an incomplete cross-border subterranean tunnel was discovered by Mexico State Police, Policia Estatal Preventiva (PEP), and Mexican military forces while conducting an operation in Jacume, Baja California, Mexico, at a residence located approximately 221 feet south of the United States/Mexico international boundary.

The following day, the tunnel was taken over by the Attorney General of Mexico (Procurador General de la Republica, PGR).  PGR requested and was issued a search warrant for the tunnel.  They also authorized the U.S. Border Patrol’s Western Corridor Tunnel Interdiction Group (WCTIG) to enter the tunnel through the entrance location in Jacume in order to map and determine if the tunnel had an exit point in the United States.

On Oct. 4, 2018, HSI, DEA and U.S. Border Patrol WCTIG agents were able to determine that the tunnel entry point had a shaft that was approximately 31 feet deep, with a total length of 627 feet, of which 336 feet were inside the United States.  The average size of the tunnel in the United States was three feet in height and roughly two and one-half feet in width. Agents reached an exit shaft that went approximately 15 feet up toward the surface but did not break the surface and did not have an exit point into the United States.

Agents reported that there was a solar panel system used to run the electrical, lighting and ventilation systems that were in the tunnel. There were also two sump-pump systems within the tunnel to pump out any water that gathered in the tunnel. Agents also reported that a rail system was installed that ran the entire length of the tunnel.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.
Last modified:
November 5, 2018
Tags:
Border Security
U.S. Border Patrol
https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/cross-border-tunnel-discovered-near-jacumba

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Incomplete Illicit Cross-Border Tunnel Discovered in Nogales
Release Date:
December 18, 2018
TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents and Mexican law enforcement discovered an incomplete illicit cross-border tunnel during a routine bi-national tunnel sweep Monday afternoon.

Law enforcement on both sides of Nogales discovered an incomplete smuggling tunnel

The entry point was found submerged underwater along the international waterway channel constructed below both cities of Nogales. The tunnel was adjacent to the Port of Nogales, DeConcini Crossing and came to an abrupt stop underneath a parking lot in Nogales, Arizona.

At approximately 50 feet in length, the tunnel extended 44 feet into the United States, and was two feet wide by two feet tall.

Within the tunnel, agents discovered structural shoring and digging tools, which indicate excavation was still in progress and incomplete.

Agents will continue to monitor and inspect the incomplete tunnel until it is properly secured and remediated with concrete filler.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol continues to work closely with strategic partners in Mexico to detect tunnels under construction to prevent the movement of illegal contraband or persons across the border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.
Last modified:
December 19, 2018
Tags:
Border Security
Smuggling
U.S. Border Patrol

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/incomplete-illicit-cross-border-tunnel-discovered-nogales