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USAmid border wall debate, third drug tunnel found in less than a month along Arizona border

05:55  12 january  2019
05:55  12 january  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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On January 25, 2006, a tunnel was found on the US-Mexico border by a joint US Drug Enforcement Administration, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and US Border Patrol task force. The 2,400-foot (730 m) long tunnel runs from a warehouse near the Tijuana airport to a warehouse in San

The Mexico–United States border (Spanish: frontera México–Estados Unidos) is an international border separating Mexico and the United States


TUCSON — Mexican authorities uncovered another tunnel in Nogales, Sonora — across the border from Nogales, Arizona — which they suspect was used to smuggle drugs and people across the U.S.-Mexico border.

It's the third time they have made such a discovery in less than a month, and comes amid President Donald Trump's demand for funding to build more physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Donald Trump’s proposed border wall could face a major obstacle in Arizona , where an indigenous tribe has vowed to oppose construction on its land, paving the way The O’odham people historically inhabited lands that stretched south to Sonora, Mexico, and just north of Phoenix, Arizona , and there

Drug tunnels began to proliferate in response to increased border security, particularly border fence construction launched in the 1990s Lenoir said the sophisticated tunnels centered around San Diego are becoming narrower and harder to detect – ranging anywhere from 36 inches to less than four feet

Mexican Federal Police on Wednesday posted a short video of the tunnel on Twitter. Police said the tunnel measured about 32 feet in length, but offered few other details, such as the location or how they found it.

The video shows two police officers opening up a manhole underneath the extensive drainage channels that lie below the downtown areas in the twin cities of Nogales. The channels are used to ease the flow of runoff water during storms and typically flow north from Sonora into Arizona because of the terrain. But they are also commonly used in smuggling attempts.

As the video progresses, it shows the officers inside the tunnel, following it to the point where it originates at an unknown location. The officer recording is heard asking, "Is that the exit?" A second officer responds "yes" as he pushes open the entrance to the tunnel overhead.

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Three sophisticated drug 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 passages to escape heightened detection above ground. Two of the tunnels were

Attempts to contact and request more information from the Mexican Federal Police were unsuccessful. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Arizona are also unable to provide information because they furloughed their communication staff due to the ongoing partial government shutdown.

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Amid border wall debate, third drug tunnel found in less than a month along Arizona border© Provided by Gannett Co., Inc. In this March 6, 2017 photo, a member of the Border Patrol's Border Tunnel Entry Team enters a tunnel spanning the border between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, in San Diego. They are known in the Border Patrol as "tunnel rats" - agents who go in clandestine passages that have proliferated on the U.S.-Mexico border over the last 20 years to smuggle drugs. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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As part of his push to secure more funding, Trump cites high numbers of drugs coming across the Southwest U.S. border and claims that "These numbers will be DRASTICALLY REDUCED if we have a Wall!"

However, the vast majority of the drugs that he alludes to, including heroin, are increasingly caught at the legal ports of entry, which would be unaffected by the construction of additional physical barriers.

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Critics routinely point to drug tunnels as a sign that walls don't work.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., broached the topic during one of several failed meetings between congressional Democratic leadership and Trump to try to end the stalemate.

As the president visited south Texas on Thursday, one of the border officials he met with explained how smugglers had turned to tunneling underneath areas of the border where physical barriers had been built.

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Four sophisticated drug 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 passages to escape heightened detection above ground.

A traffic stop last week led border agents to discover a cross- border tunnel used to smuggle “Every indication we have is it was built within the last few months — probably around the start of summer.” He said a traffic stop led border agents to discover the tunnel . San Luis police officers stopped Ivan

"This is the second tunnel recently that we've located. This is an area that we actually have wall," Melissa Lucio, the Border Patrol's agent in charge of the McAllen station, told Trump as he looked on.

"We're doing such a great job in utilizing the right resources in that particular area, that they've (smugglers) become so frustrated they're using other tactics," she added. "They're actually digging tunnels. This is about 25 feet long, and 2 to 3 feet high."

Smugglers increasingly using tunnels

Tunnels have become an increasingly common tactic that smugglers have used to get around stricter enforcement at the border, especially in sections that have had physical barriers in place for many years and decades, such as Arizona and California's borders with Mexico.

Along the Arizona border, Nogales is one of the main areas where large numbers of drug tunnels are uncovered on either side.

Just last week, Mexican Federal Police located a 65-foot tunnel inside an abandoned business in Nogales, Sonora, about four blocks south of the international boundary, according to Mexican media.

Before then, on Dec. 17, Customs and Border Protection officials in Arizona said they and Mexican officials had located another tunnel in downtown Nogales as part of a "routine binational tunnel sweep."

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Authorities have found a massive underground drug smuggling tunnel snaking through the U.S.-Mexican border , and law officers are marveling over its sophistication. Officials say tunnel has ventilation, lighting, framed walls . Resident reported suspicious construction in Nogales, Arizona .

Meanwhile, another drugs tunnel was found further along the border in Calexico, California, last Friday, by a In another shocking discovery last month , agents found a cross- border passageway - the length of four football fields - filled with more than a ton of marijuana with a street value of million.

The unfinished, 50-foot tunnel stretched nearly 44 feet into Arizona, from the drainage channels underneath the twin cities to an empty parking lot, CBP said.

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