Tucson, Ariz. - While remediating a tunnel previously discovered east of the DeConcini Port of Entry, Border
Patrol agents located another illicit tunnel east of the port.
After seizing 665 pounds of marijuana on Thursday, agents determined that the marijuana had been smuggled through a tunnel. Agents entered an existing storm drain east of the port and discovered an illicit tunnel paralleling the drainage system. The tunnel originated in Mexico and traveled into the U.S. Plans to remediate the tunnel are underway.
The Border Patrol's effective use of infrastructure, technology and personnel has made it increasingly difficult for smugglers to move their contraband into the U.S. In fiscal year 2009, there were 20 illicit tunnels discovered in the Tucson sector. Thursday's discovery brings a total of seven during fiscal year 2010.
"Border Patrol agents continue to remain vigilant and are ready to address any threats, including tunnels, that may cause harm to the United States," stated Interim Patrol Agent in Charge Carla Provost. "Tunnels are a third party indicator of the Border Patrol's effectiveness because agents are forcing smuggling organizations change their operations."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.