A recent drug bust by the DEA has left authorities with more questions than answers.
For starters, how did a 2,000-foot-long tunnel, dug 31 feet under the ground, get there? And who does the estimated USD $30 million (over $42 million) worth of narcotics belong to? And who is responsible for equipping the tunnel — which runs below the Mexico-U.S. border — with a rail system and ventilation?
The tunnel, in question, was discovered by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on March 19, and runs from below Tijuana, Mexico to Otay Mesa in San Diego, California. Law enforcement found 3,000 lbs of marijuana, 86 lbs of methamphetamine, 1,300 lbs of cocaine, 17 lbs of heroin, and 2 lbs of fentanyl.
“I hope this sends a clear message that despite the ongoing public health crisis, HSI and our law enforcement partners will remain resilient and continue to pursue criminal organizations responsible for the cross-border smuggling of narcotics into the United States,” said acting special agent Cardell T. Morant, in charge of homeland security investigations San Diego.
The three-foot-wide tunnel was likely built months ago, LADbible reports.
“It also has a rail system installed, a full ventilation system, lights and fortified walls,” LADbible says. “All of that combined created an easy passage into the USA for those wishing to cart a load of drugs in.”
For the authorities, it was business as usual.
“If cartels keep spending millions of dollars building tunnels, we will keep finding and filling them,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer in a statement. “This time, we seized a jaw-dropping $30 million worth of dangerous drugs that aren’t going to reach the streets… This takedown is even more significant in the face of a global pandemic, where stopping the movement of unauthorized people and packages across international borders is of utmost importance.”
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Written by Anisha Dhiman