Drug tunnel discovered in small Southern California border town.

JACUMBA, Calif. – The San Diego Sector U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigate a tunnel discovery near Jacumba.

An incomplete cross-border subterranean tunnel was recently discovered by Mexico State Police, known as the Policia Estatal Preventiva (PEP), and Mexican military forces while conducting an operation in Jacume, Baja California, Mexico, at a residence located within a few hundred feet of the United States/Mexico international boundary.

Soon after, the tunnel was taken over by the Attorney General of Mexico, known as the Procurador General de la Republica (PGR).  PGR requested, and was issued, a search warrant for the tunnel.  They also authorized the U.S. Border Patrol’s Western Corridor Tunnel Interdiction Group (WCTIG) to enter the tunnel through the entrance location in Jacume in order to map and determine if the tunnel had an exit point in the United States.


The U.S. Border Patrol’s Western Corridor Tunnel Interdiction Group are like a modern version of the famous Tunnel Rats commonly used in Vietnam, these were highly specialized units that deal with the scary realities of going into these tunnels. Often times, the NVA would set booby traps and deadly ambushes for the Rats, but more often than not, the Rats would clear out the tunnel and send the enemy scurrying.

On Oct. 4, 2018, HSI, DEA and U.S. Border Patrol WCTIG agents were able to determine that the tunnel entry point had a shaft that was approximately 31feet deep, with a total length of 627 feet, of which 336 feet were inside the United States.  The average size of the tunnel in the United States was three feet in height and roughly two and one-half feet in width. Agents reached an exit shaft that went approximately 15 feet up toward the surface but did not break the surface and did not have an exit point into the United States.

Agents reported that there was a solar panel system used to run the electrical, lighting and ventilation systems that were in the tunnel.  There were also two sump-pump systems within the tunnel to pump out any water that gathered in the tunnel.  Agents also reported that a rail system was installed that ran the entire length of the tunnel.

Keep supporting the Border agents by electing politicians that want to keep them well funded and build a wall. Once we have a wall complete and we won’t have to focus as much as foot traffic across the Border, we can really focus on knocking out all of these drug tunnels as I am sure there are hundreds if not thousands of these tunnels.


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