Thursday, March 10, 2011

Border tunnel found east of Calexico

San Diego Union-Tribune
March 9, 2011
by Susan Shroder

A rudimentary tunnel possibly used to smuggle drugs from Mexico into the United States was found about 2 1/2 miles east of the Calexico Port of Entry, federal officials said Wednesday.

“It’s not a significant tunnel,” said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement.

The tunnel was found by Mexican authorities, she said. It extends under the border fence about 10 feet into the U.S.

It apparently tapped into underground drainage pipes designed to handle water overflow from a reservoir in Mexico, she said. The reservoir is about 80 yards from the border fence.

Mack said that the entrance to the tunnel in Mexico was hand dug.

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