Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday announced they’ve found the ‘longest illicit cross-border tunnel ever discovered along the Southwest border.’
The site connects an industrial site in Tijuana, Mexico to an area in San Diego, California. The tunnel is nearly a mile long 4,309 ft to be exact. The CBP released a statement telling the press what they found.
“It includes an extensive rail/cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance, and a complex drainage system.”
- The dimensions of the tunnel look something like this. It is about 70 feet underground and is about 5 feet 5 inches tall by 2 feet wide.
- The tunnel was discovered in late August by CBP and their partners.
- Mexican law enforcement identified the entrance
- Members of the San Diego Tunnel Task Force (SDTTF) began mapping it out.
“The sophistication of this tunnel demonstrates the determination and monetary resources of the cartels”
– John W. Callery (Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Agent in Charge)
Cardell T. Morant the Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego in a statement told us why it matters: “While subterranean tunnels are not a new occurrence along the California-Mexico border, the sophistication and lengths of this particular tunnel demonstrates the time-consuming efforts transnational criminal organizations will undertake to facilitate cross-border smuggling.”
Take A Look Inside The Tunnel
(Cover photo courtesy of More Radio, video courtesy of 10 News WTSP and the Sacramento Bee, source Axios)