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Drugs Seized , Tunnel Discovered

A drug seizure Saturday night led to the discovery of a sophisticated cross-border tunnel.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents foiled a drug smuggling attempt Saturday night when agents operating a Remote Video Surveillance System saw four men on the south side of the All-American Canal near Calexico , California. The men appeared to be attempting to smuggle narcotics into the United States.  Agents responded to the location and were able to arrest one man in the canal wearing a wet-suit. The other three men fled back to Mexico. Agents searched the area and located scuba diving equipment and 25 vacuum sealed packages that contained 69 pounds of methamphetamine.

The arrest and discovery of the scuba diving equipment prompted an investigation by the U.S. Border Patrol , Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Homeland Security Investigations who make up the California Corridor Campaign , a multi-agency effort to combat transnational threats.

On Monday , The Border Patrol's Border Search Trauma and Rescue unit ( BORSTAR ) , conducted a search of the area of the arrest and discovered a sophisticated cross-border tunnel that is approximately 230 feet long with a 4 feet by 4 feet diameter. The tunnel went from a house in Mexicali to the United States and is equipped with lighting and ventilation. U.S. agents were assisted by Federal , State and Municipal law enforcement agencies in Mexico in locating the house.

This is the second tunnel found in the Calexico Border Patrol Station's area of responsibility this fiscal year.