Police Discover Sophisticated Drug Tunnel On US Border

Police Discover Sophisticated Drug Tunnel On US Border

The United States Drug Task Force discovered one of the longest cross-border drug trafficking tunnels on record. Authorities report that the 2,400 foot long tunnel, connecting the United States and Mexico from San Diego to Tijuana, was built by the Mexican drug cartel.

Federal agents seized 12 tons of marijuana and arrested 22 people tied to the sophisticated tunnel, which was lit, ventilated, and even equipped with its own rail system. The discovery of this passageway demonstrates the enduring appeal of tunnels to transport drugs from one country to another, despite the significant time and money required to build one.

The undercover police sting operation resulted in 6 arrests in San Diego and 16 in Tijuana, linking the two cities to an extremely large drug smuggling ring. Authorities seized two tons of marijuana from the US side of the tunnel and ten tons from Mexico. Smugglers reportedly attempted to move the first load of drugs through the tunnel, but nothing got through undetected.

The arrests were made after an undercover agent for U.S. Homeland Security Investigations agreed to provide the drug smugglers with drivers and a warehouse in exchange for a $10,000 payment for each truckload of drugs moved. In a released statement, US attorney Laura Duffy explained:

“We see a super tunnel open for business once every year or so. Just when they think they’re ready to move, we put it out of business. We continue to make good on our promise to relentlessly pursue and shut down any tunnel as soon as it opens.”

photo credit: Mexico Federal Police

16 Year Old Girl Arrested With 185 Pounds of Marijuana

16 Year Old Girl Arrested With 185 Pounds of Marijuana

What began as a seemingly ordinary border crossing from Mexico into Arizona suddenly transformed into a large marijuana bust.

A 16-year-old girl and the two young women she was traveling with were sidelined at the checkpoint border crossing at the Port of Lukeville. After a detection dog indicated the vehicle contained something suspicious, the Volkswagen was marked for further inspection.

During the deep search, authorities discovered 12 wrapped packages of marijuana. The packages contained 185 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated value of over $90,000. Authorities seized the car and the drugs for processing.

The state of Arizona has not legalized the use of recreational marijuana, and transporting the plant between countries is also illegal. The three young women, who remain unnamed, were handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

photo credit: US Customs and Border Protection

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