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Unfinished cross-border tunnel discovered near cemetery in Nogales

Federal police in Mexico and U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered an unfinished tunnel beneath the streets of Nogales on Friday, authorities said. 

The tunnel, roughly 20 inches wide, dropped down about five feet, and then extended nearly 46 feet into the United States near the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release. 

Mexican National Security Commission said that federal authorities were inspecting stormwater drainage when they noticed loose soil and found a spot on the concrete wall that had an "unsual texture" just west of the Del Rosario cemetery. This turned out to be the entrance to the tunnel, which extended roughly five feet in Sonora before crossing beneath the International Boundary, according to CNS. 

The tunnel was aimed at abandoned buildings in Nogales, Arizona, but did not reach the surface. About half of the tunnel was shored up with wooden beams.

Inside the tunnel, agents found digging tools, power cords, a gas-powered generator, and a small swamp cooler for ventilation, a CBP release said.

This is the second tunnel found in the Nogales area this year. 

In March, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents found an incomplete tunnel that was approximately 80 feet long, just east of the Morley Port of Entry. 

Since 1990, Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector have found 116 tunnels, all but five in the Nogales area.

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A tunnel approximately 20-inches wide was found near a Mexican cemetery in Nogales, Sonora by Federal Police.