By Gangsters Inc. Editors
U.S. authorities have exposed the longest illicit cross-border tunnel ever discovered along the Southwest border. The tunnel originates in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico in an industrial area approximately one-half-mile west of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. The discovery is yet further proof that a wall will not stop the smuggling of narcotics, goods, and humans across the border between the United States and Mexico.
“While subterranean tunnels are not a new occurrence along the California-Mexico border, the sophistication and length of this particular tunnel demonstrates the time-consuming efforts transnational criminal organizations will undertake to facilitate cross-border smuggling,” added HSI Acting Special Agent in Charge Cardell T. Morant.
Discovery and investigation
Mexican law enforcement first discovered the tunnel in August of 2019. They contacted the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, an inter-agency unit consisting of agents from DEA, United States Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and the United States Attorney’s Office.
The San Diego Tunnel Task Force then began mapping the tunnel from Mexico. Concealed by a small industrial building, the tunnel travels north into the United States, bending slightly west and extending an astonishing 4,068 feet from the border, with a total length of 4,309 feet – over three-quarters of a mile. The next longest tunnel in the United States, discovered in San Diego in 2014, was 2,966 feet long.
The tunnel, that is approximately five and a half feet tall and two feet wide, has an average depth of 70 feet from the surface. It includes an extensive rail/cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance, and a complex drainage system.
An offshoot from the main tunnel was discovered at approximately 3,529 feet into the United States. This offshoot traveled several feet then came to an end without breaching the surface. The main tunnel extended another city block, at which point agents discovered several hundred sand bags blocking the suspected former exit of the tunnel in the Otay Mesa warehouse district within the United States.
Can’t stop, won’t stop
No arrests or seizures have been made in light of the discovery of this tunnel. We can only assume that the tunnel crew is already back at work at another location. Addicts and party people in the United States are waving their mighty dollar bills at their dealers demanding their fix every day. As long as there is that type of demand, the drugs will keep on flowing into the country. Via tunnels, airplanes, submarines, ships, trains, trucks, drones, mules, mail, and any new way the drug cartels can think of.
Get the latest on organized crime and the Mafia at Gangsters Inc.'s news section.
Copyright © Gangsters Inc.