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Border Patrol finds tunnel between Mexico and California

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CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol says an agent found a tunnel extending across the Mexican border to California.

The passage extends about 60 feet into Mexico and at least 80 feet into the United States. It was not immediately clear if the tunnel was completed.

An agent assigned to patrol near the city of Calexico on Thursday spotted unusual soil, which caved in. Mexican authorities later found an entry in open desert south of the border.

The Border Patrol says the passage was about 18 inches wide, reinforced with wood and equipped with lighting and ventilation.

U.S. authorities have found more than 75 tunnels along the U.S.-Mexico border in the last five years, mostly in California and Arizona and many of them incomplete. They are typically designed to smuggle marijuana.

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