U.S. law enforcement agents investigating an incomplete cross-border tunnel west of the San Ysidro border crossing report that they have found a 53-foot passageway shored up with plywood and equipped with battery-powered lights.
The unearthed stretch was reached Thursday by officers from the Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Lauren Mack, an ICE spokeswoman in San Diego. The tunnel is east of Smugglers Gulch.
The tunnel's builders entered through a manhole near the border fence in Mexico and crawled through 700 feet of sewer drain, on both sides of the border, Mack said.
The U.S. agents found an exit to the tunnel covered with an old sofa cushion within the compound of the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Law enforcement officials believe the tunnel was being built to smuggle humans and drugs.
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Location: San Ysidro, California, United States (load item map)
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