By Fox News. U.S. authorities discovered the longest smuggling tunnel ever found along the southwest border.
The tunnel originates in Tijuana, Mexico, near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and extends a total of 4,309 feet long — more than three-quarters of a mile. The next longest tunnel in the U.S., discovered in San Diego in 2014, was 2,966 feet long.
“While subterranean tunnels are not a new occurrence along the California-Mexico border, the sophistication and length of this particular tunnel demonstrates the time-consuming efforts transnational criminal organizations will undertake to facilitate cross-border smuggling,” Cardell Morant, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Diego, said in a press release. The investigation that led to the discovery spanned many years and involved various agencies.
The tunnel features a complex cart and rail system, forced air ventilation, high-voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance and a complex drainage system, according to U.S. Border Patrol. (Read more from “Longest-Ever Border Smuggling Tunnel Found Stretching Between Tijuana and San Diego” HERE)
Portion of Newly Built Wall on Mexico Border Collapses
By The Hill. High winds caused a section of wall along the border between California and Mexico to break off and land on the Mexican side Wednesday, CNN reported.
The section in question had been part of a continuing project attempting to reinforce sections of the wall, according to Agent Carlos Pitones of Customs and Border Patrol’s El Centro, Calif., sector. He told the network that the portion of the wall in Calexico had recently been set in a new concrete foundation that had not yet cured at the time it broke off. . .
The section landed in a grouping of trees across the border in Mexicali amid winds estimated to have reached 37 miles per hour, according to the network. (Read more from “Portion of Newly Built Wall on Mexico Border Collapses” HERE)