US Officials Discover the Longest-Ever Border Smuggling Tunnel

February 1, 2020 in News, Video by RBN Staff

By Skye Malmberg

U.S. Border Patrol authorities have discovered the longest smuggling tunnel ever found along the Southwestern border.

The tunnel, which starts in Tijuana, Mexico, was first found in August 2019 and extends 4,309 feet– just over 3/4 of a mile, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

The tunnel previously classified as the longest smuggling tunnel found in the U.S. was discovered in San Diego in 2014, measuring 2,966 feet long.

“While subterranean tunnels are not a new occurrence along the California-Mexico border, the sophistication and length of this particular tunnel demonstrates the time-consuming efforts transnational criminal organizations will undertake to facilitate cross-border smuggling,” said Cardell Morant, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations San Diego.