Yuma Sector

‘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)

Border Patrol Busts Snag 5 Smugglers, 24 Migrants

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents interdicted multiple human smuggling attempts leading to the arrest of five alleged human smugglers and 24 migrants. The arrests occurred between July 9-12 in southwestern Arizona and southeastern California.

Border Patrol agents disrupt multiple human smuggling incidents in Arizona and California. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Yuma Sector)