Feds find tunnel after bus breaks through road

This tunnel was discovered by the Border Patrol’s tunnel team and other law enforcement partners on Friday. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol

Federal authorities say they discovered a clandestine border tunnel in Nogales on Friday after a passenger bus broke through the pavement at the DeConcini Port of Entry.

Following the roadway collapse in the southbound lane, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers contacted the Nogales Border Patrol "to asses the possibility of an illicit tunnel," a Border Patrol news release said.

Agents from the Nogales Station’s tunnel team, with assistance from Mexican law enforcement officers, discovered an unfinished tunnel originating in Mexico and connecting to the Grand Avenue tunnel north of the border, the Border Patrol said.

The tunnel would be sealed as soon as possible, the agency said. No injuries or damage to the bus was reported.

According to the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector, five tunnels were discovered in the sector from Oct 1, 2009 to July 31, 2010, down from the 20 discovered during the same time during the previous fiscal year.

In other news from the Nogales Station, local Border Patrol agents say they discovered an abandoned vehicle Saturday containing 40 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 960 pounds, the agency said. The marijuana, valued at more than $760,000, and vehicle were seized and held for processing.

And at the Border Patrol's Interstate 19 checkpoint, agents detained a resident alien Saturday allegedly wanted on a felony warrant from Pinal County for a cocaine violation.

He was turned over to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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