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Jan 30 (Canadian-Media): The longest illicit cross-border smuggling tunnel on the Southwest border stretching more than 1.2 kilometres from an industrial site in Tijuana, Mexico, to the San Diego area, was discovered by U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) San Diego Sector and partners, as a result of many years of challenging, intelligence gathering, utilizing technology capabilities, and community outreach, USBP reports said.
Longest illicit tunnel along Southwest border of U.S. Image credit: U.S. Border Patrol
San Diego Tunnel Task Force (SDTTF) an inter-agency unit consisting of agents from USBP, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) were successful in uncovering the location of the tunnel after months of inter-agency investigation and tireless law enforcement efforts.
“I am thrilled that this high level narco-tunnel has been discovered and will be rendered unusable for cross-border smuggling. I am proud of the tremendous efforts of the Tunnel Task Force and our agents,” said Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke.
The newly discovered tunnel includes an extensive rail/cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance, and a complex drainage system and is approximately five and a half feet tall and two feet wide, an average depth of 70 ft. from the surface, and length more than 14 American football fields went under several warehouses in the Otay Mesa area, where sophisticated tunnels have typically ended, and extended into open fields.
No arrests have been made as a result of this discovery.
"The sophistication of this tunnel demonstrates the determination and monetary resources of the cartels...the DEA and our partners on the Tunnel Task Force will continue to use our resources to ensure they fail, that our border is secure, and that tunnels like this are shut down to stem the flow of deadly drugs entering the United States, said DEA Special Agent in Charge John W. Callery.”
Heitke added, “The investigation continues, and I am confident that our hard work and dedication to uphold the law will lead to future arrests and seizures.”