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Border Wall Contractor’s Run into Suspected Cross-Border Tunnel

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Yuma Sector Border Patrol discovers cross-border tunnel. Courtesy: CBP

Mexican military officials find a similar hole on the Mexico side.

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECYTV) - Contractors that were working on the border wall project west of the San Luis Port of Entry reported a suspected sink-hole that Customs and Border Protection later determined was a cross-border tunnel Wednesday. 

While digging beneath the soil to install bollard fencing, workers found uncovered plywood and boards nearly eight-to-twelve feet below the ground, according to the Yuma Sector Border Patrol. 

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assisted the Yuma Sector Border Patrol in the investigation and contacted Mexican counterparts. 

A small group of Mexican military officials found a similar sinkhole on the Mexico side with a six-to-eight foot ladder in length inside the hole.

Both cross-border agencies are working together to monitor and inspect the tunnel. 

This tunnel marks the sixth one found throughout the Yuma Sector Border Patrol region.

Brandon Mejia

Brandon Mejia joins the news team as the evening anchor for KSWT. You can catch him weeknight at 6 and 10 p.m.

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