NOGALES — Authorities in Arizona say they’ve found a 250-foot-long unfinished smuggling tunnel underneath the U.S.-Mexico border that has electricity, water pumps and ventilation.
Agents have found dozens of smuggling tunnels in Nogales since the 1990s, but Chief Border Patrol Agent Randy Hill says this tunnel is more sophisticated than other recently discovered tunnels, saying that those who were building it chiseled through solid rock and installed lighting and other equipment.
The Border Patrol said Monday that they initially discovered the tunnel May 2 and confirmed it with the Mexican government three days later.
The tunnel was 15 feet beneath the ground and began in an abandoned building in Nogales on the Mexican side of the border. It was still undergoing construction on the Arizona side.