A tunnel stretching all the way from Mexico to Arizona has been discovered and is being hailed as the ‘most sophisticated tunnel in the US history’ which was reportedly built for smuggling.
The distance between Mexico to Arizona is 1,707.3 km as per google maps.
What baffled the federal agents who discovered the underlying passage was how painstakingly it was built, with water pipes, ventilation, electrical wiring and even a rail system for ‘extensive reinforcement, an US Immigration and Customs Enforcement report says.
This is not the first time tunnels were discovered in the US-Mexico border which is one of the world’s most notorious routes for the cause.
Similar tunnels have been discovered in the past which were used to smuggle drugs and people across borders.
The tunnel – 3ft wide and 4ft high – which federal agents say was intended for smuggling, stretched from a Mexico neighbourhood in San Luis Río Colorado to San Luis Río Colorado, where the passage was just short of reaching the surface, according to the report.
Officers also say the tunnel was built despite the area is not appropriate for tunnelling because of the terrain.
“What makes this one unique is that the terrain in Yuma is very hard … So the fact that the material was very well built and it had ventilation, it had water, it had a rail system with walls, roof, floor, electrical, makes this one a very unique type of tunnel,” assistant special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Yuma, Angel Ortiz said.
HSI reportedly had pointers about a possible tunnelling activity in the border area, and excavation was started in July after a sinkhole was reported by someone.
“This appears to be the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history, and certainly the most sophisticated I’ve seen in my career,” said Carl E Landrum, acting chief patrol agent, Yuma Sector.
After the agency began drilling, and a camera was sent 25 feet below, the culprit passage was discovered on Tuesday. HSI is still investigating.
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