Mexican Police Find 33ft Tunnel Under Border Used to 'Smuggle Migrants' into US
he footage shows federal police officers scaling down into the 33ft tunnel
Mexican police have found what they alleged is a secret tunnel used to traffic drugs and migrants underneath the border to the U.S.
The footage shows federal police officers scaling down into the 33ft tunnel in Nogales, which is a city divided by the US-Mexico border.
The Mexican side of Nogales is positioned in the north-western state of Sonora, and its northern side is in Arizona.
Drug traffickers have been known to attempt to build tunnels between the two halves of the city to bypass border controls.
This is the third tunnel to be found in the last month.
A Mexican police spokesman issued a request to residents to confidentially report activity that could be linked to tunnel building.
'As part of our service to give security to the border area, federal police officers found a tunnel almost 10 meters long, believed to be used to commit a crime,' he said.
According to the DailyMail: Police believe the tunnel may have been used to smuggle migrants as well as drugs into the US from Mexico.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says at least 250 drug tunnels have been built connecting the Mexican state of Sonora with the US state of Arizona - most of them in the Nogales area - since 1990.
It refers to the criminals who use the illicit underground passageways - which often connect to the combined sewage system which runs underneath the border - as 'tunnel rats.'
The news comes as the Pentagon is making preparations in the event of President Donald Trump ordering the military to build the southern wall, a defense official has said.
Trump recently hinted that he might take this course of action in the light of an impasse in negotiations with Democrats resulting in the government shutdown.
Despite no order being given yet, the Pentagon has developed plans in case the President issues the order.
“I may declare a national emergency dependent on what’s going to happen over the next few days,” Trump told reporters on Sunday.