[ Subject Matter: Narco Tunnel, Tijuana
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required]
Reporter: Proceso Redaction
A narco tunnel of 800 metres by 3 metres was discovered in the frontier between Tijuana and San Diego, California this past Wednesday by elements of the Federal Police and the Centre for National Security Investigations (cisen).
In the operation, the armed forces detained 16 alleged narco traffickers, one from Tijuana and the rest from Sinaloa, that were operating for the CJNG and were about to transport 10 tonnes of Marijuana in packets to the United States.
The discovery, signalled the National Commission for Security and Communication, was the product of weeks of investigative work in the office and field.
The narco tunnel, is similar to that used by "El Chapo" Guzman to escape Altiplano prison this past July.
The Federal elements located a bodega in the Calle Fray Junipero Serra, in the Garita de Otay Colonia in Tijuana where there has been intense vehicle movements entering and leaving, apparently delivering drugs to be delivered through the tunnel to the United States.
With search warrant in hand, this Wednesday past they entered the property and " without having to fire a shot", surprised the alleged narco traffickers, signalled a communication.
At the location, 16 men who ages are between 21 and 50 years old, and who were presented before the Public Ministry of the Federation admitted working as drug traffickers. They also admitted having links to the CJNG.
While searching the venue, the Federal Police found deep access to an underground passage that leads to US territory. The tunnel it at a dept of 10 meters and is 800 meters in length, 600 meters under the Mexican side of the frontier and 200 meters into the USA side of the frontier.
|Location of the tunnel, best I can figure from data released so far, click to enlarge|
The passage was built with metal reinforcements to prevent collapse, a lighting and ventilation system hooked up to a battery system, as well as rail system to transport the drugs.
After the operation, the Federal Forces confiscated 873 packets of Marijuana wrapped in plastic and adhesive tape, with a combined weight of nearly ten tonnes.
They also confiscated vehicles and other particulars that were put at the disposition of the Federal Ministry, together with the drugs and the detainees, informed the CNS
Original article in Spanish at Proceso