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Tactical border patrol's 'tunnel rats' work in tight spaces


You can’t be claustrophobic if you want to work for the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tunnel Entry team — the unit that explores underground drug-smuggling passages near the U.S.-Mexican border. To prove they don’t freak out in tight spaces, prospective confined-space rescue technicians, or "tunnel rats," have to wriggle through a two foot-wide pipe for about 20 yards before they can join the squad. "You know right off if it’s playing with someone’s mind," said Lance LeNoir, who leads the five person squad. "It takes some psyching up, to say the least, to do the job." more

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