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Four men arrested while digging tunnel across U.S.-Mexico border

November 13, 2009 |  2:58 pm

LOS CUATRO DETENIDOS Four men were arrested in Baja California while digging a tunnel across the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said today.

The men were using heavy machinery to bore through the ground and had dug down more than 21 feet when the Baja State Police arrested them Thursday night in Mexicali, Mexico.

An anonymous tip led the officers to the group.

Baja police are valuing the heavy equipment at more than $75,000.

Police released the names of three of the four men: Rigoberto Gaspar Méndez, 27, and Carlos Gáspar Méndez, 18, of Chihuahua; and Roberto Carlos Osuna Villegas, 36, of Sinaloa.

-- Matthew Bowler, KSWB San Diego

Photo: The four men arrested in Mexicali, Mexico. Credit: Baja State Police.