30 detained after the discovery of hidden tunnel discovered leading from Mexico into South San Diego County

OTAY MESA (KUSI) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained 30 individuals after discovering an underground tunnel leading from Mexico into South San Diego County on Saturday, according to Border Patrol Dispatch.

At approximately 1:30 early Saturday morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents found a large group of people near the port of entry in South San Diego County. 

When the suspects realized that they have been seen, they began to flee back in the direction that they had came from. Among the pursuit, agents discovered a "crude opening in the ground with a ladder inside” and determined it to be a smuggling tunnel.

They took 30 people into custody who are believed to have crossed into the country via the tunnel. Among them are 23 Chinese nationals and seven Mexican nationals. 

The secret tunnel is 328 feet long and begins in Tijuana and ends on the United States side of the border at the end of Drucker Lane. 

Border Patrol officials said it appears this tunnel may be an extension of an incomplete tunnel previously discovered and seized by Mexican authorities.

Members of the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, led by Homeland Security Investigations — an arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — are investigating.

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