EL PASO, Texas (AP) - U.S. officials have discovered a smuggling
tunnel running under the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United
States, the first such tunnel in the region.
U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier said a sensor
technician and border agent discovered Friday the crude
2-foot-by-2-foot tunnel, which connects to a drainage tunnel at the
border in El Paso.
The tunnel was discovered after agents found a teenager from
Mexico with about 200 pounds of marijuana and noticed a hole in the
cement drainage pipe at the border. The dark, unventilated tunnel
led south under the Rio Grande into Mexico.
Mosier said Mexican officials are working to locate the tunnel
on the Mexican side of the border.