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Thursday, December 30, 2010

U.S. Finds Another Drug Tunnel

If you think the criminal drug cartels in Mexico are not serious about bringing illegal drugs into the United States, you should read about the new tunnel that American authorities just discovered. The tunnel, 20 feet underground, stretching from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego, is 1,800 feet long. That is roughly equivalent in length to six football fields. The tunnel is 4 feet high, lighted and ventilated, and featuring a rail system. When Federal authorities discovered the tunnel, they seized 25 tons of marijuana worth more than $20 million, one of the largest-ever drug seizures. U.S. authorities found the end of the tunnel in a San Diego warehouse, in a storage closet. Entrance to the tunnel was through a 3-by-4-foot opening cut into the subfloor. This tunnel was fully operation. The U.S. has discovered about 75 tunnels along the U.S. Mexico border during the last four years.


Meanwhile, the Atlanta metropolitan area has become a major distribution center for the Mexican drug cartels to send its drugs all over the east and northeast. In the last few weeks, U.S. authorities in Atlanta seized illegal marijuana, cocaine and other drugs with a street value of more than $10 million.

U.S. authorities are amazed at the brazenness of the Mexican drug cartels. One major cartel has opened a branch office on the California side of the border in a San Diego apartment the Mexicans call "the Office." U.S. surveillance captured 50,000 calls over six months, conversations that involved Mexican police and top officials. According to the wiretaps, they plotted kidnappings and killings and sometimes hired American teenage girls to smuggle quarter-pound loads of methamphetamine across the border for $100 a trip. Drug-smuggling gangs have sent well-armed assassins into Arizona to locate and kill anyone who interferes with their shipments of cocaine, marijuana and heroin headed to buyers in the United States.

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