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Border Patrol Finds 113 Tunnels From Mexico To Homes In Nogales, AZ

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This is incredible. Criminal organizations in Mexico will go to any lengths to smuggle migrants & drugs into our country. When we built our first section of wall earlier this year, we put in underground motion sensors & security cameras along the length of it. Fortunately, the area where we built the wall is extremely rocky and very difficult to dig under. Our wall also goes 6-feet under the surface to prevent tunneling. The government needs to follow this example to prevent cartels from breaching the border barriers.

KRON4 is reporting:

“NOGALES, Arizona (Border Report) — Border agents from Nogales have encountered and closed 113 illicit cross-border tunnels, mostly in downtown Nogales, within a one-mile radius of the DeConcini land crossing, according to the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector.

“One day we got a call (from the police) at 3 in the morning saying we needed to come and check out our property because there was a tunnel coming across from Mexico that had been built in our house,” said Eugenio Celaya, a resident of Nogales.

His house on International Boulevard stands about 50 feet from the border. The imposing 18-foot steel bollard wall draped in concertina wire that separates Downtown Nogales, Sonora, from Celaya’s American neighborhood wasn’t always there.

“Concertina wire was placed along the fencing within the last year by Department of Defense personnel,” Tucson Sector Border Patrol’s Public Affairs Office said in a statement. “This additional wire was at the request of Department of Homeland Security management to reduce incursions along the most vulnerable crossing areas.”

Its previous incarnations included metal planks that could be climbed over and before that a mere chain link fence. That, coupled with portions of dirt road that soak up moisture from rain, paved the way for Mexican smugglers to burrow their way under the border.

Police had come to Celeya’s house, which his family had been renting out, to assist the Border Patrol tracking a group of migrants. The tunnel started a few feet into Mexico and came up under his stove.

“It was a little thing, maybe 3 feet by 3 … people had to squeeze in real tight,” Celaya said.

In working with authorities to fill out the tunnel, his family learned that an underground river once ran through the area, so the soil wasn’t to difficult to dig.

The tunnel was taken care of and a for-rent sign went up again on the property. New tenants were screened and a new family moved in. Less than three months later, authorities again called on the Celaya family.

“They reopened the tunnel on the other side and this time it came out underneath our deck,” Celaya said. “They just bypassed the cement and made a new exit.”

The homeowner showed Border Report a large square covered with heavy rocks in his front porch where the deck used to be.

“We filled it with concrete and put the rocks on top for good measure,” he said.

Rocks and concrete cover one of the tunnels that was dug under the Celaya family home in Nogales by Mexican smugglers. (Julian Resendiz/Border Report)

Celaya, who had been living in Phoenix, talked to his mother about the perils of renting to strangers and decided to move into the house himself.

“We had been renting the house for about 10 years and I’d come down every month to repair it because people just don’t take care of things like you do. I decided to move back,” he said

Other residents of International Boulevard also recall the tunnels. A man approached Tuesday night by Border Report’s tour truck said he knew of up to six tunnels discovered previously in the area.

“Yes, we had many tunnels at one time and people crossed and brought things over. But we haven’t heard of new tunnels lately,” said Armando Robles, a lifelong resident of the area.

Border Report reached out to the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol for comment on the tunnels and on what appeared to be an open gate on the border fence up on a hill next to a ravine east of Downtown Nogales.

“Infrastructure along the border is complex and some areas require special panels. Low water crossings and International Boundary markers require periodic maintenance from United States personnel and may require openings or gates to be placed for temporary access or to allow water flow,” Tucson Sector Border Patrol’s Public Affairs Office said in a statement.

However, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff confirmed that the chain-link fence was replaced in 1994 and that the metal plank that obscured activity on the Mexican side and could be climbed over by migrants and smugglers was replaced in 2011.”

Below is a section of our wall. It goes 6-feet underground & has heavy wire mesh on the bottom to prevent tunneling. Coupled with that are underground motion detectors, and video cameras that run 24/7.

A section of our wall being placed. Heavy wire mesh on the bottom prevents tunneling. (Jeff Rainforth for WBTW)

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Story compiled by Jeff Rainforth for We Build the Wall, Inc.

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