Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mexican Nationals Attempt Self-Smuggling Operation into U.S. Via Abandoned Gas Pipeline

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A small group of Mexican nationals were caught during a failed attempt to illegally enter the U.S. earlier this week. Their bold ploy could have resulted in death. They struggled to squeeze into the states by crawling through an abandoned gas pipeline.

Four men and one woman began their unsuccessful journey through a manhole in Tijuana. They proceeded to crawl through the 2.5' by 2.5' pipeline. In two hours they'd traveled just 100 yards.

Border Patrol Agent Mike Jimenez said their route "was so narrow they couldn’t back up, they just had to crawl north, kind of squirm through there," reports CBS LA.

The quintet almost drown during their journey, which, as one member of group reported, may have cost each person $5,000.

“There was water at one portion of the tunnel where they entered where they said they could barely keep their heads above water to breathe,” said Jimenez.

Authorities came to the rescue and enlarged the opening to retrieve the quintet. They were promptly returned to Mexico.
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