Hidden Border Tunnel Found at Otay Mesa Crossing

Thirty undocumented immigrants were detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for trying to cross the border through a hidden tunnel discovered early Saturday morning.

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When the suspects realized they had been seen by Border Patrol agents near the Otay Mesa port of entry Saturday morning, many of them attempted to run back inside the tunnel.
On the U.S. side, at least one agent was seen Saturday manning the tunnel's exit, which was located just north of the secondary fence in the vicinity of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. CBP agents plan to stay in the area as long as needed to aid in the investigation.
Mexican authorities monitored the tunnel from the Tijuana side, trying to figure out who built and operated the tunnel.
According to investigators, the tunnel began in a building on Calle Mar Barmejo in the Garita de Otay area in Tijuana, approximately 328 feet south of the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego and three miles from the border crossing bridge.
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