Friday, December 12, 2008

Border tunnel found after bus tire sinks into road

San Diego Union-Tribune
December 11, 2008

SAN YSIDRO: A short and incomplete cross-border tunnel was discovered yesterday when a bus tire sank into a roadway along the border fence.

The tunnel, which extended about 10 feet into the United States, was about 15 feet underground and 3 feet in diameter, said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It was west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

The tunnel had no U.S. exit, and authorities were working with Mexican officials to find the entry in Tijuana.

The bus carries people who are being sent back to Mexico by the U.S. government. It was being driven on a dirt road that runs along the fence, Mack said.

Authorities regularly find tunnels along the U.S.-Mexico border that are used to smuggle drugs and people. The discoveries have ranged from simple holes to engineering feats that extend for more than a quarter-mile underground.

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