Drug and people-trafficking tunnel is found

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PostThu Dec 03, 2009 6:34 pm » by Savwafair2012

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Mexican smugglers have tunnelled 860ft (260m) into the United States in an attempt to move drugs and illegal immigrants into the country.

The incomplete tunnel, equipped with a lift, ventilation and lighting, was discovered yesterday after a tip-off from security agents. It begins in a warehouse district in Tijuana, near the busy Otay Mesa port of entry into San Diego and extends nearly 1,000ft, including 860ft into US territory. It even boasts a lift to move materials and workers to depths reaching 100ft. The builders had not yet got around to completing the exit on the US side.

Mexican authorities arrested more than a dozen people inside the tunnel, which they believe has been under construction for about two years.

Mexican and US authorities have been struggling to contain the huge cross-border drug smuggling trade. “As a result of our proactive efforts, we are detecting more and more of these tunnels before they can be finished and put to use by criminal organisations involved in smuggling drugs and other contraband,” said Michael Carney, agent in charge of the Office of Investigations in San Diego.

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