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Drug tunnels discovered days apart in U.S., Mexico

By SmokeTwibz, Jul 14, 2012 | Updated: Oct 10, 2012 | | |
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    (CBS/AP) Two tunnels authorities say were designed to smuggle drugs into the United States were found days apart on both sides of the border with Mexico.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday the discovery of a major cross-border drug tunnel in San Luis, Ariz., during the weekend. It extended 240 yards underground from a one-story non-descript building to an ice plant in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico.

    Also Thursday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack told The Associated Press that an incomplete tunnel stretching approximately 220 yards was found in Tijuana, Mexico.

    Both passages had lighting and ventilation, authorities said.

    The Arizona tunnel was discovered while authorities executed a search warrant on the building Saturday morning. Its entrance was hidden beneath a large water tank in a storage room.

    Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the tunnel, the DEA said in a statement.

    "The recent discovery of this sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel is yet another reminder of how desperate these criminal organizations are and the extent they will go to further their drug dealing operations and endanger the security of our citizens," Doug Coleman, special agent in charge of the DEA's Phoenix field division, said in the statement.

    The Tijuana tunnel began under a bathroom sink inside a warehouse and did not cross the border into San Diego. Mack said the Mexican army entered the tunnel Wednesday. No drugs were found and no arrests were reported.

    The Mexican army planned a news conference Thursday afternoon in Tijuana.

    As U.S. authorities heighten enforcement on land, tunnels have become an increasingly common way to smuggle enormous loads of marijuana into the country. More than 70 passages have been found on the border since October 2008, surpassing the number of discoveries in the previous six years.

    Raids last November on two tunnels linking San Diego and Tijuana netted a combined 52 tons of marijuana on both sides of the border. In early December 2009, authorities found an incomplete tunnel that stretched nearly 900 feet into San Diego from Tijuana, equipped with an elevator at the Mexican entrance.

    It takes roughly six months to a year to build a tunnel, authorities say. Workers use shovels and pickaxes to slowly dig through the soil, sleeping in the warehouse until the job is done. Sometimes they use pneumatic tools.

    July 12, 2012 3:16 PM
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57471300/drug-tunnels-discovered-days-apart-in-u.s-mexico/?tag=contentMain;contentBody

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  1. SmokeTwibz
    Latest drug tunnel discovery nets 40 tons of pot

    Latest drug tunnel discovery nets 40 tons of pot

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    (AP) TIJUANA, Mexico - Three drug smuggling tunnels equipped with lighting and ventilation — including one with a railcar system — have been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border in less than a week, the latest signs that cartels are building sophisticated passages to escape heightened detection above ground.

    Two of the tunnels were incomplete, including one that the Mexican army found in a Tijuana warehouse Thursday with more than 40 tons of marijuana at the entry. The passage extended nearly 400 yards, including more than 100 yards into the United States.

    Soldiers found the Tijuana warehouse with four moving trucks full of marijuana, a trailer full of dirt, pickaxes, wheelbarrows, drills and other excavation equipment. The tunnel was equipped with a railcar system.

    The Mexican army said three people were detained.

    It was the second, major incomplete tunnel discovered in the San Diego-Tijuana area in two days and the third along the U.S.-Mexico border since Saturday, when a completed passage was found in a vacant strip mall storefront in the southwestern Arizona city of San Luis.

    The 240-yard tunnel in Arizona showed a level of sophistication not typically associated with other crude smuggling passageways that tie into storm drains in the state.

    "When you see what is there and the way they designed it, it wasn't something that your average miner could put together," said Douglas Coleman, special agent in charge of the Phoenix division of the Drug Enforcement Administration. "You would need someone with some engineering expertise to put something together like this."

    As Thursday's massive pot seizure in Tijuana demonstrates, tunnels have become an increasingly common way to smuggle enormous loads of heroin, marijuana and other drugs into the country. More than 70 passages have been found on the border since October 2008, surpassing the number of discoveries in the previous six years.

    More than 150 secret tunnels have been found along the border since 1990, the vast majority of them incomplete, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Raids last November on two tunnels linking San Diego and Tijuana netted a combined 52 tons of marijuana on both sides of the border.

    The latest Arizona tunnel was discovered after state police pulled over a man who had 39 pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle and mentioned the strip mall.

    The tunnel was found beneath a water tank in a storage room and stretched across the border to an ice-plant business in the Mexican city of San Luis Rio Colorado. It was reinforced with four-by-six beams and lined with plywood.

    Investigators believe the tunnel wasn't in operation for long because there was little wear on its floor, and 55-gallon drums containing extracted dirt hadn't been removed from the property.

    Coleman said investigators can't yet say for sure if the tunnel, estimated to cost $1.5 million to build, was operated by the powerful Sinaloa cartel. Still, authorities suspect cartel involvement because the group from Sinaloa controls smuggling routes into Arizona.

    "Another cartel wasn't going to roll into that area and put down that kind of money in Sinaloa territory," Coleman said. "Nobody is going to construct this tunnel without significant cartel leadership knowing what's going on."

    On Wednesday, the Mexican army found an incomplete tunnel in Tijuana estimated to be more than 150 yards long, beginning inside a building that advertised as a recycling plant.

    The Mexican army said two tractor-trailers were found inside the building, along with shovels, drills, pickaxes, buckets and other excavation tools. The walls were lined with dirt and wide enough for one person to get through comfortably.

    U.S. authorities were investigating the tunnel discovered Wednesday for three months, said ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack.

    It takes six months to a year to build a tunnel, authorities say. Workers use shovels and pickaxes to slowly dig through the soil, sleeping in buildings where the tunnels begin until the job is done. Sometimes they use pneumatic tools.

    The tunnels are concentrated along the border in California and Arizona. San Diego is popular because its clay-like soil is easy to dig. In Nogales, Ariz., smugglers tap into vast underground drainage canals.

    San Diego's Otay Mesa area has the added draw that there are plenty of nondescript warehouses on both sides of the border to conceal trucks getting loaded with drugs. Its streets hum with semitrailers by day and fall silent on nights and weekends.

    July 13, 2012 11:43 AM
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57471905/latest-drug-tunnel-discovery-nets-40-tons-of-pot/
  2. SmokeTwibz
    I would be scared that the tunnels would collapse all around me, but I guess there doesn't necessarily have be people that go through the tunnels.
  3. Cash.Nexus
    I think people would have to go through; there are no rails in the tunnel pictured. Also, people have to dig them. I wouldn't like to go through either, although rather a drug tunnel than a coal mine, for instance. And if the alternative is the Border Control/Customs checkpoint...? Or, the open desert?
  4. Bad Rabbits
    I can't see any supports shown in the pictures above, but depending on the soil/rock type and depth of the tunnel... maybe they would not be needed?

    I would be surprised if the Cartel didn't have some kind of guidance from someone who knew about tunneling.
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