A cross border drug tunnel measuring 4 football fields was discovered under the U.S.- Mexico border
You’ve all seen great tunnel escapades in movies. Bank robbers digging tunnels leading into banks, criminals escaping through tunnels dug from hidden walls in their cells. But what you’re about to read beats any movie. In San Diego, Federal authorities have discovered not just a TUNNEL but a cross border tunnel whose length measures more than 4 football fields.
The feds were stunned at the discovery of this cross border tunnel under a South California home. Although this is the work of drug cartels, the ingenuity of it all is absolutely devious and amazing.
1 Largest Cross Border Tunnel Found Since 2006
In what has turned out to be a superb Federal operation. Special agents monitoring tunnel activity under a Calexico home not only busted a major drug consignment, they also discovered something incredible.
The ensuing federal investigation led to one of the most incredible discoveries since 2006. A gigantic tunnel was unearthed by federal agents that ran all the way from a Mexican restaurant in Mexicali Mexico and opened up into a house in Calexico California. In what could also be concluded as a major drug bust, 3000 pounds of marijuana was confiscated. Four people were arrested including a man named Augustine Enric Cruz alias Tinky, the owner of the house which was concealing the tunnel.
2 A Tunnel from Mexico to California
The cross border tunnel was astonishingly large, measuring perhaps more than the length of four football fields. Till 2008 feds had unearthed 12 similar cross border tunnels used for drug trafficking but the magnitude of this particular tunnel including the investigation surpassed all expectations
The tunnel ran 300 yards into Mexico opening up into the El Sarape restaurant in Mexicali. It ran for a further 100 yards cross the border into American soil opening up under the house in Calexico.
3 Secret Investigation Leads to Major Drug Bust
The Calexico house which stood over the tunnel was constructed by the drug cartel for $86000 in December last year. The land was purchased for $240,000 in April. But do you want to know something even more surprising???? The tunnel was no secret to Feds. It was discovered earlier this year.
A remarkable and well planned secret investigation involving 100 federal agents kept monitoring activities of the drug traffickers up to the completion of the tunnel. The feds were certainly one up over the cartel whose first consignment of 1350 pounds of marijuana through the tunnel on 7th of March was greeted by a federal welcome party instead of the smugglers’ counterparts. An additional load of 1532 pounds of marijuana was recovered from the tunnel. The bust led to the arrest of all four smugglers involved.
4 Four Drug Traffickers Including A Woman And Her Daughter Arrested
According to US attorney for southern California, Laura Duffy, “This house and tunnel were constructed under the watchful eye of law enforcement; for the builders, the financiers and the operators of these passageways, there is no light at the end of the tunnel “
Since leads were confirmed, agents monitored the house with wiretaps and 24 hour surveillance on the house. Among the four suspects arrested two were a mother and daughter who were caught on Tuesday in Norgales, Arizona. The other two were men arrested at the scene of the crime. One in the house in Calexico and another in a safe house in the area set up to store the drugs.
5 Mexican Sinaloa Drug Cartel under Suspicion
The main suspect and the fifth person arrested in the case, Augustin Cruz was alleged by The US Attorney’s office to have hired local contractors to leave a hole in the foundation which he would be using as a safe. According to reports, Cruz was also responsible for purchasing quite a number of vehicles which would be required in transporting the marijuana.
The Mexican Sinaloa cartel is the prime organizational suspect who controls cross border drug trafficking in California’s Imperial Valley. In fact last July the leader “El Chapo” Joaquin Guzman made headline news when he escaped from Mexico through a similar tunnel. He was recaptured again in January.