EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector Agents are working today with state local and other federal agencies in an effort determine the origin and purpose of a makeshift tunnel discovered Thursday near the El Paso downtown area.
Border Patrol Agents working near the water treatment plant, located northwest of the Chihuahuita neighborhood, were notified by employees from the Texas Department of Transportation about a cave-in that occurred during the construction of a roadway. This led to the discovery of a tunnel originating north from the international border.
The U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector deploying confined-space resource teams to the area in order to determine the extent of the structure.
The intended purpose of the tunnel remains unknown, along with the length of time it was left abandoned. U.S. Border Patrol officials welcome any assistance from community members to report known information about this tunnel. Any information can be reported to the El Paso Sector Intelligence Operations Center at 915-834-8561.
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.