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

Cannabis Package Falls From Sky in Arizona

Cannabis Package Falls From Sky in Arizona

While it may seem like a dream come true to many, one family near the Mexican border in Nogales, AZ was left feeling panicked after a package of marijuana fell from the sky, busted through the roof of their carport, and crushed a dog house.

Homeowner, Maya Donnelly was asleep in her bedroom on the other side of the house when the package containing roughly 26 pounds of cannabis fell through the carport. The loud clash woke her up, but she assumed it was thunder and went back to sleep.

The next morning she was surprised to see a hole in the carport, debris on the ground, and a wrapped bundle in the dog house below the hole. Suspecting it was drugs, Donnelly called her husband first, and then immediately dialed 911. Of the incident, Donnelly reported,

“It’s all right on top of our dog’s house. It just made a perfectly round hole through our carport.”

Nogales Police Chief Derek Arnson reported that this is the first time he has been called regarding a bundle of marijuana falling from the sky onto a structure. Suspecting that the package was accidentally or mistakenly thrown from a plane used to smuggle more bundles of the plant, Arnson stated,

“Someone definitely made a mistake, and who knows what the outcome of that mistake might be for them.

Although the Donnelly family will have to pay repair bills out of pocket, they report just being thankful that no one was injured.

photo credit: Nogales International

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