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    30 Illegal Aliens Detained at Hidden Tunnel Spanning US-Mexico Border

    30 Undocumented Immigrants Detained at Hidden Tunnel Spanning US-Mexico Border

    The tunnel began in Tijuana and ended on the United States side of the border, near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry

    By Monica Garske and Telemundo 20

    Thirty undocumented immigrants suspected of trying to cross into the United States from Mexico through a hidden tunnel spanning the border were detained by authorities in San Diego Saturday.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agent Eduardo Olmos told NBC 7 that U.S. Border Patrol agents spotted the large group at around 1:30 a.m. near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in south San Diego County, near the border crossing bridge off Britannia Boulevard and Otay Pacific Drive.




    When the suspects realized they had been seen by the agents, many of them tried to flee by going back into the mouth of a tunnel that investigators said had been constructed for the purpose of illegally smuggling undocumented immigrants from Mexico into the U.S.
    Border agents followed the group and detained several on the surface of the tunnel; others were detained inside the tunnel, officials said.

    Olmos said many of the undocumented suspects were Mexican nationals; some were from other unspecified countries. None were from the U.S., Olmos said.

    According to investigators, the tunnel began in a building on Calle Mar Barmejo in the Garita de Otay area in Tijuana, approximately 328 feet south of the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego.


    Mexican authorities are working the investigation on that side, at the building, trying to determine who is responsible for the build-out and operation of the smuggling tunnel.

    On the U.S. side, at least one agent was seen Saturday manning the area where the tunnel let out near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

    Olmos said CBP agents would stay in the area as long as needed to aid in the investigation.


    As of 4 p.m., Olmos said no drugs had been discovered inside the tunnel.

    No further details were immediately released.


    Published 56 minutes ago | Updated 35 minutes ago

    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/loca...#ixzz4quSphv3W

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    UPDATE

    Of those detained, 23 were Chinese nationals and seven were Mexican nationals. They are now in Border Patrol custody pending further questioning.
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    Wonder how long that tunnel has been used? Ugh!
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    They are like rats! Get our troops on the border and stop this unrelenting invasion of our country.
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    Will they be 'detained', then given a Greyhound ticket to the midwest with an order to 'appear'?

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    Do they destroy those tunnels, or do they just leave them and 'watch'?

    Maybe it's time to train some BP to be tunnel rats.

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    Border Patrol ‘tunnel rats’ plug underground passages


    By ELLIOT SPAGAT
    Mar. 09, 2017

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — They are known in the U.S. Border Patrol as “tunnel rats” — agents who go in clandestine passages that have proliferated on the U.S.-Mexico border over the past 20 years to
    smuggle drugs.


    The Associated Press joined the Border Tunnel Entry Team, as it is formally known, inside an incomplete tunnel that was discovered in San Diego in 2009 — 70 feet deep, 3 feet wide, 2,700 feet long and equipped with a rail system, lighting and ventilation.


    Here are some questions and answers about the team’s work:


    HOW MANY TUNNELS ARE THERE?

    Authorities discovered 224 border tunnels originating in Mexico from 1990 to March 2016, including 185 that entered the United States, according to the latest U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration annual survey. Many are shallow holes, but some are elaborately constructed with hydraulic lifts, water pumps and rail cars.

    The vast majority are in Arizona, where smugglers connect to underground drainage canals in Nogales, and in California, where construction noise generates less attention amid warehouses of an industrial area of San Diego, across from densely packed homes and businesses in Tijuana.

    In this March 6, 2017 photo, a member of the Border Patrol’s Border Tunnel Entry Team enters a tunnel spanning the border between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


    WHAT ARE THEY FOR?
    Tunnels are generally used for multi-ton loads of marijuana because the drug’s bulk and odor are difficult to conceal for motorists and pedestrians who enter the United States at official border crossings, the preferred method for smuggling methamphetamine and heroin.
    In 2015, authorities seized cocaine in connection with two California tunnels, including one that ran underwater from a house in Mexicali, Mexico, to the All-American Canal near the city of Calexico.

    The tunnels, which the DEA generally attributes to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, cost between $1 million and $2 million to build and take months to complete, said Chris Davis, supervisory special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. That investment quickly pays off with profits from smuggling if crews escape detection, he said.

    In this March 6, 2017 photo, a member of the Border Patrol’s Border Tunnel Entry Team ascends an entrance carved out by the Border Patrol leading to a tunnel spanning the border between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


    HOW ARE TUNNELS FOUND?
    Leads from informants, neighbors and others have been the most trusted technique, but technology plays a part. Lance LeNoir, who leads the Border Patrol’s “tunnel rats” team in San Diego, says seismic devices, acoustics and ground-penetrating radar complement human intelligence.

    Investigators keep tabs on who owns and rents warehouses in San Diego’s Otay Mesa area for suspicious transactions. They also visit businesses to ask them to report telltale signs: construction equipment and piles of dirt, jackhammer sounds, people coming and going at odd hours.


    “They’ll tunnel anywhere they want to. It’s wherever they can get a building on the south side and a building on the north side,” LeNoir said. “Location, location, location.”


    Sometimes agents stumble across “gopher holes” while on patrol.


    Once the passages are found, the “tunnel rats” go inside, a dangerous assignment because there’s always a chance the walls can collapse.

    They map and measure the passages and work on filling them with concrete to prevent them from being used again.

    In this March 6, 2017 photo, a member of the Border Patrol’s Border Tunnel Entry Team looks on from a tunnel entrance in between two border barriers separating San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


    WHAT HAPPENS AFTER TUNNELS ARE DISCOVERED?
    On the U.S. side, the tunnels have been filled since 2007 to prevent smugglers from burrowing into them. In Mexico, they are sealed but not plugged with concrete.

    Mexican authorities say they don’t have the money to fill them, a vulnerability that is gaining more public scrutiny. LeNoir says smugglers have tapped into existing tunnels at least seven times in recent years.


    “It gets down to funding and political will,” he said.


    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says it spent $8.7 million to fill tunnels from 2007 to 2015. Last week, it awarded a $153,000 contract to inject concrete into the U.S. part of a completed tunnel lined with cobblestone. The tunnel was discovered in October. It ended in a San Diego warehouse 1,200 feet north of the border.

    In this March 6, 2017 photo, a member of the Border Patrol’s Border Tunnel Entry Team lowers a cable into a tunnel entrance in between two border barriers separating San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


    WHAT DOES PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WANT TO DO?
    Trump has made construction of a “great wall” on the 2,000-mile U.S. divide with Mexico a signature issue of his presidency, prompting critics to say that people will go over, under and around it.

    Trump, as the Republican nominee, promised during an August speech in Phoenix that he would “find and dislocate tunnels and keep out criminal cartels.” His executive order on border security doesn’t specifically address tunnels but notes that criminal organizations run sophisticated drug and human smuggling networks on both sides of the border.


    After going inside a San Diego tunnel underneath a highly fortified border fence last month, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said drug profits were so enormous that smugglers would keep trying to burrow through.


    “I would argue that the fact that they’re spending huge amounts of money to tunnel underneath the wall tells you that they can’t get through it,” Kelly said.

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    Look at those tunnels!!! Unbelievable. Drug money and cartels did that.
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