Federal authorities uncovered an unfinished, underground passage connecting the United States and Mexico in recent days; equipped with solar-powered lights, a ventilation system, and a railroad running “the entire length of the tunnel.”
According to ABC, “U.S. and Mexican authorities uncovered an incomplete, solar-powered tunnel connecting the two countries in a remote area east of San Diego.”
“Border Patrol says the 600-foot long passage led into the small California town of Jacumba,” adds the website.
This is the second such discovery in recent weeks, with local authorities uncovering a hidden tunnel beneath a former fast food restaurant in Arizona.
Federal investigators believe similar tunnels exist all along the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
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BORDER CHAOS: Officials Uncover ‘DRUG TUNNEL’ to Mexico Under Arizona KFC Restaurant
Authorities in San Luis, Arizona uncovered a stunning 600-foot-long “drug tunnel” to Mexico under a former KFC restaurant Thursday; recovering over 239 “packages” of various illegal drugs.
According to ABC News, the tunnel connected a former fast-food restaurant and a private home across the border in Mexico and was used as a delivery system to ferry illicit drugs and weapons into the United States.
“To break that down, I’ll give you approximate rounded off numbers. That was over 118 kilograms of methamphetamine, over six kilograms of cocaine, over three kilograms of fentanyl, over 13 kilograms of white heroin and over six kilograms of brown heroin,” said HSI Special Agent Scott Brown. “I would particularly note that just the three kilograms of fentanyl translates to over three million dosage units.”
BORDER CHAOS: California BANS TROOPS from Helping Border Patrol Agents
The government of California officially rebuked the Trump administration’s decision to deploy the National Guard to the southern border Monday; saying federal plans had their troops working “too closely” with immigration enforcement.
According to the Associated Press, state officials notified federal authorities that deployed soldiers will be prohibited from tackling duties seen as cracking down on illegal immigration: including fixing border patrol vehicles, operating surveillance cameras, and monitoring radio transmissions.
Last week, Governor Jerry Brown confirmed that he was willing to deploy upwards of 400 troops to the United States’ border with Mexico, but added the service members would be prohibited from aiding federal agents in stemming the flow of people across the border.
“This will not be a mission to build a new wall,” Brown wrote. “It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws.”