US Customs and Border Protection Press release March 4, 2011:
U.S. Border Patrol and Mexican Authorities Foil Tunnel Attempt
TUCSON, Ariz. – During a joint tunnel sweep along the International Boundary fence in Nogales, Ariz., on March 1, Border Patrol agents and Mexican law enforcement officers from the Secretaria De Seguridad Publica (SSP) discovered an illicit tunnel west of the DeConcini Port of Entry. The sweep was part of a recent series of proactive searches for illicit tunnels to deny smugglers underground access to the United States.
During inspection, Border Patrol agents observed the tunnel was still under construction and without an exit. The incomplete tunnel originated in Mexico and extended approximately 18 feet into the United States. It measures approximately two feet wide by three feet tall.
The Border Patrol continues to cooperate with Mexican authorities and share up to date information on smuggling trends. The bi-national collaboration assists the Border Patrol in denying, degrading, disrupting, and dismantling smuggling organizations.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security under Secretary Janet Napolitano, has engaged in an unprecedented effort to bring focus and intensity to Southwest border security, coupled with a reinvigorated, smart and effective approach to enforcing immigration laws in the interior of our country.
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