Mexican authorities have discovered a third tunnel in a town across the southern border from Arizona that they suspect was used to transfer drugs and people across the border.
The Arizona Republic first reported Friday on the discovery of the tunnel near Nogales, Sonora, across from Nogales, Arizona.
Mexican Federal Police shared a video of the tunnel earlier this week on Twitter.
#Nogales #Sonora. Como parte de nuestro servicio para brindar seguridad en la zona fronteriza, policías federales detectaron un túnel de casi 10 metros de longitud, presumiblemente usado para cometer ilícitos. Tu reporte es seguro y confidencial llama 088 o usa #PFMovil. pic.twitter.com/uenMTmZ6H5
— Policía Federal Mx (@PoliciaFedMx) January 9, 2019
Police said in the video that the tunnel was about 32 feet long.
The tunnel’s discovery comes amid increased debate over President Trump’s proposal to build a wall and the ongoing shutdown.
During a roundtable discussion with law enforcement officials in McAllen, Texas, on Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent Melissa Lucio showed President Trump how enterprising border crossers have dug elaborate tunnels under walled off sections of the U.S.-Mexico border, unintentionally debunking the president’s case for a border wall.
“Here, this is just a couple of miles from where we stand,” Lucio explained.
“This is a tunnel,” she said, pointing to a photograph of the tunnel. “This is the second tunnel recently that we have located. This is an area that we actually have wall.”
Border agent accidentally debunks #Trump’s case for a #borderwall: “Here, this is just a couple of miles from where we stand. This is a #tunnel. This is the second tunnel recently that we have located. This is an area that we actually have wall.” pic.twitter.com/sOXDdxKBSV
— GuardiansOfDemocracy (@Guardemocracy) January 11, 2019
Trump traveled to the border this week as the government shutdown over his demand for more than $5 billion dollars to build a wall along the border continued into day 20.