TUCSON – On Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents working with Mexican law enforcement, discovered the 126th cross-border tunnel running beneath the streets of Nogales. It is the second tunnel found just this year.
126th illicit cross-border tunnel discovered in the #Tucson Sector. The tunnel was found by #BorderPatrol agents and Mexican law enforcement under the streets of Ambos Nogales. #Partnerships @CBP pic.twitter.com/TKBDUlBuZA
— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) February 27, 2020
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Tucson Sector agents and Mexico’s Guardia Nacional located the tunnel’s entrance in the floor of the existing Grand Avenue drainage system in Mexico.
The is located approximately 580 yards west of the Dennis DeConcini Crossing at the Nogales Port of Entry. It runs approximately 15-20 feet underground at its deepest point and extends approximately 30 feet from beginning to end, where the cartel left it incomplete.
The tunnel was hand-dug and has no shoring, ventilation or lighting.
U.S. authorities say they will continuously monitor the area until they remediate the tunnel.