“Most Sophisticated Tunnel in US History” Discovered Between Mexico and Arizona | American News


An incomplete tunnel stretching from Mexico to Arizona appears to be “the most sophisticated tunnel in US history,” authorities said.The tunnel, intended for contraband, ran from a neighborhood in San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico, to San Luis, Arizona, where it stopped before reaching the surface. It was built in an area that is not conducive to tunnels because of the terrain, and there was a ventilation system, water pipes, electrical wiring, a railway system and significant reinforcement, officials said. federal.

A section of an incomplete tunnel stretching from Mexico to Arizona. Photography: AP

“What makes this one unique is that the terrain in Yuma is very hard… the sand is very loose and most end up caving. So the fact that the material was very well constructed and that there was ventilation, water, a rail system with walls, roof, floor, electricity, made this one kind of tunnel all in. unique fact, ”said Angel Ortiz, the assistant special agent for internal security (HSI) investigations at Yuma. HSI is a division of US Immigration and Customs.

“It appears to be the most sophisticated tunnel in US history, and certainly the most sophisticated that I have seen in my career,” said Carl E Landrum, Acting Chief Patrol Officer Yuma Sector of the border patrol.

Homeland security investigations began digging around the tunnel in late July after someone reported a sinkhole near the border wall. HSI already had reports of potential tunnel activity in this area, and the agency has started drilling, Ortiz said. A camera was sent 7.6m underground and the tunnel was discovered on Tuesday.

The tunnel was 3 feet (approximately 1 m) wide and 4 feet (1.2 m) high.


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