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New border tunnel found in Nogales

  • A narrow 16 by 16 inch tunnel found by a cross-border sweep for tunnels in the Nogales-area on Friday. The tunnel was 25 feet long and intersected another tunnel, filled in with concrete after its discovery by officials in Jan.
    CBPA narrow 16 by 16 inch tunnel found by a cross-border sweep for tunnels in the Nogales-area on Friday. The tunnel was 25 feet long and intersected another tunnel, filled in with concrete after its discovery by officials in Jan.
  • Border Patrol agents discovered the tunnel after they noticed fresh mortar and cinder blocks in a drainage tunnel.
    CBPBorder Patrol agents discovered the tunnel after they noticed fresh mortar and cinder blocks in a drainage tunnel.

Border patrol agents in the Nogales area discovered another attempt to burrow beneath the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday after they noticed fresh mortar and cinder blocks in a drainage tunnel. 

Nogales Station agents working with Mexican law enforcement found the incomplete tunnel west of the DeConcini Port of Entry while conducting a routine sweep, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

This is the third tunnel found in Arizona this year. 

The 16 by 16 inch tunnel penetrated about six feet into the United States and was around 25 feet in length, the release said.

 The tunnel came to an "abrupt stop" where its path was blocked by an older tunnel that had been filled with concrete after authorities discovered it in January.  That tunnel was 239 feet long.

The longest tunnel in the Tucson Sector was found in Naco, Ariz. in late Feb. The Naco tunnel was 905 feet long.  

Agents will continue to monitor and inspect the incomplete tunnel until it has been blocked off, the agency said. 

This makes 103 tunnels found along the U.S.-Mexico border since 1990. 

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