Smuggling tunnel found underneath U.S. – Mexico Border near San Ysidro

SAN YSIDRO (KUSI) – Sagging earth led U.S. Border Patrol agents to anincomplete, but sophisticated smuggling tunnel stretching beneath the U.S.-Mexico border just west of San Ysidro Port of Entry Tuesday.

The federal agents were patrolling near the border fence this morningwhen they noticed a sinkhole that led to the discovery.

Investigating the pit in the ground, Immigration personnel realized that it wascaused by an illicit excavation between the northern edge of Tijuana and thesouth end of San Diego.

The agents called in members of the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, whodetermined that the underground passageway was about 220 yards long, had asingle opening in a residence in Mexico and extended only a short distance into theU.S.

It had been outfitted with reinforced walls, electric lighting and arail cargo-hauling system.

The tunnel is tall enough for a person to walk through. It had no drugs orother contraband in it. No arrests had been made in the case as of lateafternoon, a spokeswoman said.

Both U.S. and Mexican authorities will further investigate, according toMack.

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