Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexico Finds Smuggling Tunnel Near US Border

Friday, December 28, 2012 |

Borderland Beat

By Adriana Gomez Licon
Associated Press


Mexican authorities have discovered a sophisticated smuggling tunnel equipped with electricity and ventilation not far from the Nogales port of entry into Arizona, U.S. and Mexican officials said Friday.

The Mexican army said the tunnel was found Thursday after authorities received an anonymous call in the border city of Nogales, Sonora, south of Arizona. U.S. law enforcement officials confirmed that the Mexican military had discovered the football field-long tunnel with elaborate electricity and ventilation systems.

U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Victor Brabble said the tunnel did not cross into the U.S.

The army said the anonymous caller was reporting gunmen standing outside a two-story house in a hilly neighborhood near the international bridge where motorists travel between Mexico and the United States.

Inside the house, soldiers discovered a fake wall inside a storage closet under a staircase that led to a dark room with buckets and clothes. After lifting a drain cover in that room, soldiers found another staircase at the entrance of the tunnel that went 16 feet underground and measured a yard in diameter. Light bulbs lit the underground passage and pipes stretched across the 120-yard tunnel that Mexican army officials believe was built to smuggle drugs.

It was unclear whether officials made any arrests, but the house where the tunnel was found was seized by the local government. Military officials did not say how long they believed the tunnel had been under construction, but authorities say it can take six months to a year to build such a passage.

Sophisticated secret tunnels stretching across the international border have become increasingly common as drug cartels invent new ways to smuggle enormous loads of heroin, marijuana and other drugs into U.S.

More than 70 such tunnels have been found since October 2008, most of them concentrated along the border in California and Arizona. In Nogales, Arizona, smugglers tap into vast underground drainage canals.


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Anonymous said...

Incredible. Glad someone made the call. Bravo to them. Whoever did, needs a hefty reward. Can't wait to find out who financed this tunnel. Great job Buggs. Happy 2013 to BB AND ALL THE INNOCENTS IN MEXICO!!! Texas Grandma.

Anonymous said...

can anyone tell me which cartel this tunnel is likely to belong too?

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be too surprised if it was financed by Homeland Security. They could use another crisis.

Luilui said...

Only Chapo fuc*s with tunnels. He's about that business. While zetas are fighting over nickels and dimes,Chapo is on some more sophisticated,lucrative,money making mission. Too much power for this man. World wide power. World wide domination.

Luilui said...

Zetas are too stupid and idiotic for tunnel sophistication. All these tunnels are found in Tijuana and Sonora,two of chapos main strongholds and corridors. All while zetas continue to nickel and dime plazas in mexico and extort their own people,Guzman's power is evergrowing not just in Mexico,but worldwide. Hell he even drove the columbian influence out of many areas of europe by implementing his influence. This man is business,and his power is evident.

Anonymous said...

Good job??? I don't kno bout u but I like to smoke my pot and snort my powder so its not good that they find tunnels, but don't get me wrong I don't agree at all with the violence. If they were smart they'd take a page from the italian mafia in america and set up plazas for each cartel to call their own.

Luilui said...

Zetas are too stupid and idiotic for tunnel sophistication. All these tunnels are found in Tijuana and Sonora,two of chapos main strongholds and corridors. All while zetas continue to nickel and dime plazas in mexico and extort their own people,Guzman's power is evergrowing not just in Mexico,but worldwide. Hell he even drove the columbian influence out of many areas of europe by implementing his influence. This man is business,and his power is evident.

Anonymous said...

@2:31pm yeah it's called"before chapo invaded"

Anonymous said...

@1:34pm You trying to say the zetas dont have a tunnel?...or two?

Anonymous said...

Of all tunnels discovered,i dont remember one ever being linked to zetas.

Anonymous said...

Discovered....thats right,so who knows how many more tunnels out there.

Anonymous said...

Zetas take billions in coal and gas every year i wouldnt build a tunnel either eats the point the zetas got the most schemes ever i dout they need too build a tunne and plus they control the border on both sides fuck a tunnel

Anonymous said...

all depending on location and the actual cell too, but you right dude....but what bother's me bout the zetas is extortion and kidnapping rackets,if the bosses could be a bit more like Arturo beltran and banned that filthy shit practice they would be under the radar more....but yeah probably dont need tunnels anyways.

Anonymous said...

Yup! They are too stupid to build one. It would start in Mexico and lead back further into Mexico! Bunch of dumb oxygen thieves!

Anonymous said...

Probably One that smuggles drugs......and that's just off the top of my head....

Anonymous said...

Well for fucks sake, ATF already gave them the guns.....why not have the US Army Corp of Engineers help them build the tunnels?

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