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Border Patrol agents in Nogales find second cross-border tunnel in less than a week

5 tunnels found since last December

In less than a week, the number of cross-border tunnels discovered in a year rose from four to five after Border Patrol agents found another tunnel beneath the streets of Nogales. 

Tucson Sector agents discovered the latest tunnel Sunday, just west of the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry about 50 yards from a separate tunnel discovered Wednesday, Dec. 4, said a spokesman for the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector. 

This is the fifth tunnel found in Nogales since December 18, 2018 when officials found an incomplete tunnel that ran for about 50 feet. 

The new tunnel, which extended about five feet into the U.S., began in the floor of the Grand Avenue Drainage System in Nogales, Sonora and "followed" the footer of the International Boundary fence, the spokesman said. 

The tunnel crossed beneath the 18-foot-high "bollard" wall that remains topped with concertina, or "razor wire" installed by National Guard troops last November. 

After the tunnel's discovery, Mexico's Federal Police found the tunnel's Mexico entrance, he said.

In less than a year, officials have discovered five tunnels in a two-mile area of Nogales, including Sunday's discovery. 

In May, a similar sweep discovered an incomplete tunnel about 75 yards west of the Dennis DeConcini border crossing in downtown Nogales. Like this most recent tunnel, the tunnel found in May did not open into the U.S., but rested more than a dozen feet below a parking lot in Nogales, Ariz. That tunnel was about 17 feet long, and extended about 12 feet into the U.S.

In October, officials found an incomplete 29-foot long tunnel. 

And, last December, Border Patrol agents conducting a similar sweep found a 50-foot tunnel that extended about 44 feet into the United States just beneath the port's parking lot, but was unfinished. 

Also, a traffic lane at the DeConcini port was closed in March after a remediated tunnel collapsed, causing a minor disruption to traffic at the port. 

Tucson Sector Border Patrol officials have discovered 125 tunnels in the sector since 1990, most of them in the Nogales area. 

U.S. authorities remediated the tunnel Monday, the spokesman said, which usually involves closing the tunnel with a concrete filler. 

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The entrance to a new tunnel found in Nogales on Sunday. Officials have found five tunnels in the Nogales area since December 18.