An unfinished cross-border smuggling tunnel has been discovered at the US-Mexico border at San Luis, Arizona, and authorities are describing the structure as the longest ever to be discovered at the southern border.
Graphics of the passageway reveal its length. The tunnel extends 1,300 feet from San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, to San Luis, Arizona. Its terminus is located just yards away from a residential neighborhood on the American side of the border, although it’s likely the unfinished tunnel was meant to conclude within a residence controlled by smugglers within the United States.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement reportedly discovered the tunnel on Tuesday, after CBP noticed sinkholes in the vicinity of the walled-off US-Mexico border. Authorities located further wood construction material and water hoses by digging into the ground near the sinkholes, later concluding that a void was present. The insertion of an underground camera system confirmed that a tunnel had been built in the direction of Mexico.
After locating the tunnel’s terminus, federal law enforcement were surprised to find that the sophisticated tunnel structure contained its own ventilation system, water lines, electrical railings, and reinforcement commonly seen in industrial-style tunnel constructions. This is in all likelihood the most sophisticated tunnel ever built for smuggling purposes between the United States and Mexico.
“This appears to be the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history, and certainly the most sophisticated I’ve seen in my career,” said Carl E Landrum, the acting chief patrol agent of CBP’s Yuma Sector. “We will continue to work closely with our partners – Homeland Security Investigations and state and local agencies to provide the best national security possible.”
Border Patrol have located cross-border smuggling tunnels in the vicinity of the San Luis area before, and it appears the transnational community is a hotspot for criminal smuggling activity.
After a lull in transnational smuggling activity on account of the coronavirus epidemic, criminal groups appear to have suddenly ramped up their activity, coordinating infiltration of the United States with open borders groups operating in America.
Arizona Border Patrol Officer Stabbed Multiple Times, Shoots and Kills Criminal Alien
A Border Patrol officer patrolling the US-Mexico border shot and killed a man who stabbed him multiple times in Southern Arizona on Monday night.
CBP officials reported that the unnamed agent was patrolling near the transnational city of Nogales, Arizona, when he encountered a group of individuals he suspected to be aliens entering the country illegally. One man accompanying them group attacked the agent when he sought to apprehend the aliens, stabbing him multiple times.
The CBP agent went on to fatally shoot the alien, who may have been a smuggler moving a group of illegal migrants across the border. Deputies of the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office were called to provide backup, and the Border Patrol agent that was stabbed had to be airlifted to a Tucson hospital early on Tuesday morning. Fortunately, he was released from the hospital later the same day.
Cartel-affiliated criminal smugglers have increasingly sought to infiltrate the United States in Arizona, hoping to avoid a buffed border patrol presence in Texas and new wall construction in the most trafficked areas of the border.
Preliminary reports indicate that the Border Patrol agent may have been alone when he encountered the smuggler’s group of criminal aliens, a hazard that has resulted in violent attacks on Border Patrol agents by cartel-affiliated criminals before.
The FBI is reportedly investigating the incident. It’s unclear if the group of aliens encountered by the agent have been expelled under special coronavirus immigration regulations, transferred into the custody of immigration detention, or simply allowed to proceed into the country.
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