Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Discovery of Major Drug Smuggling Tunnel South of Yuma

Borderland Beat
First known completed and fully operational tunnel ever uncovered in area, highly sophisticated at 60 foot depth...Paz, Chivis
Photos from SEDENA agency
SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. — A half-block from the Mexican port of entry and a few feet from the border is where authorities discovered a tunnel that crosses into a commercial facility in San Luis, Ariz.

About 755 feet long and 60 feet deep, the tunnel would have been used for more than six months to smuggle drugs northbound and weapons and cash southbound, said Gen. Raul Guereca Valenzuela, head of the local military station, during a briefing with media representatives.

Finding the tunnel was possible thanks to binational coordination between authorities. At this point of the investigation, no arrests have been made, he added.

Inside a downtown commercial property named Ice Land on Morelos Street between Calles Obregon and Carlos G is where the tunnel was located. It was equipped with electricity and a ventilation system, and special vehicles allegedly used to transport the merchandise were found inside the building.

The tunnel is 4.25 feet high and 1 meter wide. The sand removed during construction was stored in a room inside the property

A work room within the tunnel. Other rooms contained sand removed from the dig


At about 8 a.m. Saturday, military and police personnel sealed the surrounding area to enter the property.

A truck with Baja California license plates was confiscated.

According to the advertising on the building, the ice-selling business was about to open its doors.

The property is guarded by military personnel while federal police continue their investigation.
Source: Yuma Sun

From the DEA More Tomorrow:

Media Alert:
Discovery of Major Drug Smuggling Tunnel to be Announced
First known completed and fully operational tunnel ever uncovered in area.
Yuma, AZ– Authorities will announce the discovery of a major cross-border drug tunnel linking a commercial building in San Luis, AZ in a Press Conference tomorrow. The 240-yard passageway was equipped with lighting and ventilation. The investigation included arrests and drug seizures.

25 comments:

  1. You gotta give it to them thats one nice ass tunnel. While the border patrol is grabbing ass over a few hundred pounds of weed here and there , these guys are moving major weight right below their noses.

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  2. WOW Nice article Ice Land hahahaha

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  3. RIGHT DOWN THE STREET FROM ME!!! Damn!!! My buddies business who brings goods back from San Luis, volunteered phone taps and DEA cameras on his property so they would leave him alone! THIS IS AWESOME!!!! There are more than this one..... And thanks to the Chinese in the 1800's, Mexicalli is full of them, too. Crazy! Welcome to my home town!

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  4. Mayo zambada will be pist....This is his plaza- the report said its been open for 6 months-so most likely it paid for itself and then some....

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  5. Nice looking work. Wonder if they applied for MSHA certification.

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  6. It just shows the sophistication of the cartels. They will stop at nothing to get their drugs across the border. You almost have to respect that.

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  7. owell they`ll just go build another.

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  8. Sonora is Beltran leyva you fuck! They took it from the sinaloa cartel a couple years ago!

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    1. Do the Beltran leyvas cover all of Sonora

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  9. it paid for itself in 30 min. Now they just have to find the other couple of hundreds of them.

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  10. I wonder if all the workers are killed after the tunnels are completed.

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  11. They don't loose anything, they got more tunnels..

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  12. There's already been other tunnels that had been completed and operational found. It was probably the DEA's. While they're celebrating a new tunnel is being finished as we sit and read this :)

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  13. I can`t belive that business is actually called Ice-Land. Isn`t ice a common street name for meth? So either its a quincidence or just incredibly cocky.

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  14. so who owns the bisness on the US side????

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  15. @ July 11, 2012 5:02 PM

    "Nice looking work. Wonder if they applied for MSHA certification."

    Hahah. That's fuuny....and carrying their annual miner refresher training cards to get on the site.

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  16. i totally agree that's a nice tunnel, i bet they have tunnels 100 times better, wider and longer too.

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  17. Does the Beltran leyvas control all of sonora

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    1. They control a large part of Sonora and are very active in Nogales and Caborca;Tubutama and more.In the U.S side they have very organized cells in Tucson and Phoenix, Texas and California

      The Sinaloa cartel failed to kill run off the remaining BLs and now the beltran leyvas have an offensive against Chapo and Mayo they want to take Ciudad Obregon and all the border crossings. While Beltran Leyvas are doing that the Carillo Fuentes or juarez cartel is getting ready to move in on Mexicali Baja California and attempt a take over

      expect huge levels of violence in Mexicali...when this starts to happen yiu guys will remember that an idiot was the one who anticipated this

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  18. Isnt it funny how all these reports about tunnels always mentions mexican tunnels. As far as I know a tunnel has an exit (otherwise its just a hole). Never you hear about where tunnel surfaces in the US as if on the US side everybody is completely innocent.

    Tilted media reporting (aka propaganda) to not get people start thinking (there where no WMDs!)

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    1. WTH are u talking about,u ignorant fool.!!!!

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  19. You idiot -- the Mexican drug cartels are not something made up, dangerous people moving their goods regardless of who gets in the way (Mexican goods). We aren't making any money moving goods their way via tunnels -- they have no money which is why they all end up here. It obviously ends in the USA -- duh that is where their market is located. What is so tilted about this article. They found a really amazing tunnel - there are many more. I bet they all lead to the USA too. Not so shocking.

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  20. Beltran Leyva has lost most of it's power with dead or imprisoned brothers. They are circling the drain, only a matter of time.

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  21. The only way to keep the violence at bay is to have military intervention across the border. All the cartels are doing is destroying our country.

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