Smuggling Tunnels

183-Foot Drug Smuggling Tunnel Found Under California-Mexico Border

An international law enforcement effort led to the discovery and shutdown of a 183-foot tunnel being built to smuggle drugs, weapons, and people under the border into California. The sophisticated tunnel utilized electricity, a ventilation system, a rail system, and an electric hoist to move their illicit cargo from Mexico to the U.S.

HSI agents and Mexican law enforcement find a 183-foot tunnel under the California-Mexico border.(Photo: U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations)

‘Most Sophisticated’ Cartel Smuggling Tunnel Found Under Arizona Border

Federal officials called a cartel-connected smuggling tunnel under the Arizona-Mexico border “the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history.” The 1,300-foot structure stretched from a neighborhood in San Luis, Mexico, to its destination in San Luis, Arizona. Officials detected the tunnel prior to its completion, officials said.

Border Patrol and HSI agents discover the "most sophisticated" smuggling tunnel in U.S. history near San Luis, Arizona, in July 2020. (Photos: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Sophisticated Cross-Border Tunnel to Southern California Busted by Feds

A federal task force in Southern California recently discovered a sophisticated cross-border tunnel running from Mexico to the United States. The task force seized significant quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, and marijuana during a search of the connected San Diego-area warehouse.

The San Diego Tunnel Taskforce uncovered a sophisticated drug-smuggling tunnel in March 2020. (Photo: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration)

Border Patrol Finds Smuggling Tunnel near Rio Grande

Border patrol agents discovered a 60-foot tunnel leading from Mexico into the United States at the Texas border in the city of Hidalgo. It is located at the bottom of a 30-foot embankment on the Rio Grande River, near a border wall built a decade ago, say officials.

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Incomplete Smuggler’s Tunnel Found Under Arizona Border

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents teamed up with law enforcement officials in Mexico to uncover an incomplete tunnel near the Port of Nogales DeConcini Crossing. Authorities said smugglers designed the tunnel to move drugs under the border and into Arizona.

Smugglers tunnel found near Nogales Port of Entry in Arizona. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Tucson Sector)