TUCSON, Ariz. – Suspected smugglers have cut a garage-sized hole through a steel fence that divides the United States and Mexico.
The U.S. Border Patrol says agents discovered the hole 1 ½ miles east of Nogales, Arizona, on Saturday.
The next day, they discovered that runoff water from rainstorms over the weekend had also knocked down 60 feet of the rebar-reinforced steel fence just west of the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry near Interstate 19 in Nogales. That fence stood between 18 and 26 feet high and extended at least 7 feet underground.
The Border Patrol says it is working on repairs for both fences and has agents monitoring the area.