Monday, July 16, 2012

Two Tunnels, Including One Used To Smuggle Illegal Immigrants And Drugs Into The U.S. Discovered

One tunnel used to smuggle drugs and a second to smuggle undocumented immigrants, including drugs into the U.S.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 16, 2012

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico - The Mexican Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) reported on July 12, that military personnel during an investigation into drug trafficking operations in the municipality of Tijuana had discovered to tunnels and 40 tons of marijuana in a warehouse. One of the tunnels was found near the local airport adjacent to the U.S. border and the other near the ejido Tampico location. One of the tunnels was under construction with ventilation and lighting to smuggle drugs. The other tunnel also had lighting, including ventilation and was being utilized to smuggle undocumented immigrants and drugs into the U.S. Sedena did not release any information about how many immigrants might have been smuggled into the U.S. through the tunnel.
During the same military operation on Thursday, a warehouse with four moving trucks loaded with hundreds of packages totalling 40 tons of marijuana was discovered in the vacinity of Granjas Familiares de Matamoros. Three suspects were taken into custody at the warehouse, according to Gilberto Landeros Briseño, commander of the second military zone operation in Tijuana.
The 40 tons of marijuana was destine to the U.S., but was intercepted by the military, Briseño confirmed.
Sedena has not identified the suspected criminal organizations involved in the operation of several drug smuggling tunnels or who owned the warehouse where the large stockpile of marijuana was found.

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