CALEXICO, Calif. – A cross border tunnel connecting the U.S. and Mexico was discovered by U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Agents say the underground tunnel was found by an agent patrolling an area about two miles east of the Calexico east port of entry Thursday morning.
“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.”
The agent noticed a depression in the ground and walked up to it. Agents say the depression turned out to be an opening in the ground leading into the tunnel. The opening is about 18 inches in diameter, the tunnel is about three feet tall and three feet wide, and about 142 feet long according to agents. The other end of the tunnel was about 60 feet from the international border in Mexicali, Baja California.
Agents say this is the third tunnel discovered by law enforcement agencies in the last year. The most recent tunnel found in a residential neighborhood in Calexico just three weeks ago where agents found large quantities of marijuana.