183-foot-long drug traffickers’ tunnel discovered near California-Mexico border

Border Report Tour

Part of an 183-foot long tunnel on the Mexico side of the border near California, featuring electricity and an electric hoist (Immigration and Customs Enforcement Photo)

CALEXICO, Calif. (Border Report) — Authorities believe drug traffickers dug a 183-foot-long tunnel near the U.S.-Mexico border and outfitted it with electricity, ventilation, a rail system and an electric hoist.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents with the Homeland Security Division and Mexican officials found the tunnel in a home in Mexicali, Baja California, on Monday. The tunnel was about four feet by three feet wide and was 22 feet below the ground. The tunnel came within three feet of the international border wall but did not reach the United States.

Cardell T. Morant, special agent in charge of HSI San Diego, said in a release drug traffickers use tunnels like this one to “conduct illicit activities virtually undetected” near and across the border.

“Discovering and shutting down these tunnels deals a major blow to drug trafficking organizations, because it denies them the ability to smuggle drugs, weapons and people across the border,” Morant said.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending on NBC4i.com

Today's Central OH Forecast

Get severe weather email alerts

Don't Miss

Local News

Lawmakers continue to debate over vaccine mandates

Linden Fresh Market opens

Cracking down on sex trrafficking

Peak Fall Colors 2021

Scarlet the Shoe: Ohio State asks fans to wear scarlet to Penn State game

Monday, Sept. 27 Ohio Coronavirus numbers

More Local News