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CBP agents discover high-tech drug tunnel with rail line on the US-Mexico border

October 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
CBP agents discover high-tech drug tunnel with rail line on the US-Mexico border

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Mexican officials have located a sophisticated drug tunnel — equipped with a rail line and solar panels for electricity — that spans 336 feet into California.

The tunnel originated inside a residence in the town of Jacume near the U.S.-Mexico border, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Border Patrol Agent Tekae Michael indicated the drug tunnel — which had no exit point — was likely being built to smuggle drugs into the United States.

“Sophisticated tunnels take time and money to make,” Michael said, noting that they’re not unique in the area. “When we find them, they’re a big deal.”

The tunnel included a rail line, a water-pumping system, and solar panels for lighting and ventilation.

The entry point was about 31 feet deep and the unfinished exit shaft went up roughly 15 feet but was not broken through the surface.

The tunnel was 627 feet long.

Mexican authorities and military forces located the tunnel’s entrance during a bust last month.

They teamed up with the U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security, and the DEA to investigate.

Recently, officials also discovered two tunnels in the San Diego area.

Last year, Border Patrol agents also located a tunnel that emerged near the Otay Mesa border after 30 individuals — most from China and a few from Mexico — came out of it one day.

It is not clear whether Mexican authorities have made arrests in the case.

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