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A group of eight migrants became trapped in a sewer in Tijuana while they were attempting to cross into the United States on Wednesday, August 15th. A fire department official stated that someone in the group called for help around 10pm.

The sewer pipeline that the group was found in is located on avenida Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, which runs east and west near the Otay Mesa border crossing. The road is a mere 180 meters (.11 miles) from the U.S. border.

The zone is one of the higher traffic areas for human and drug smugglers in Baja California. Multiple underground tunnels have been uncovered in the area within the last year.

One of the firemen told the El Mexicano News that the migrants claimed more people were in the sewers. The rescuers were unable to locate any more persons. Officials detained one of the migrants in suspicion that he was the smuggler who led the group.

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