Federal agents discovered what they describe as perhaps the tunnel cross-border underground “most sophisticated in the history of U.S“, which had electricity, water and ventilation systems, as well as shoring, in the Arizona border with Mexico, was reported Thursday.
Special agents from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) discovered the cross-border tunnel that was not yet finished Tuesday after several days digging in the desert near the city of Yuma, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) reported in Arizona. in a press release.
The discovery was the result of a collaboration between various agencies headed by HSI.
“This appears to be the most sophisticated tunnel in the history of the United States and certainly the most sophisticated I have ever seen in my career,” said Carl E. Landrum, acting chief of Border Patrol in the Yuma Sector, in the same statement.
The underground passageway is approximately 396 meters long, three feet wide, and four feet high.
The tunnel is equipped with a ventilation, water lines, electrical wiring, rail system, extensive reinforcement and shoring using a technique known for its common use in sophisticated underground tunnels.
In mid-July, federal agents discovered a sinkhole near the border in the Yuma area. HSI special agents came to the area to investigate, with the help of Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector.
Shortly after, pieces of wood and underground water hoses were discovered. A specialized camera was deployed 25 feet underground to investigate, which revealed the tunnel. cross-border.
At the moment no arrested person is reported and the investigation continues.