A border agent uncovered the door to the tunnel in an Otay Mesa industrial yard
  • A border agent uncovered the door to the tunnel in an Otay Mesa industrial yard
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Federal officials announced today (April 20) that they made arrests related to what is believed to be the longest cross-border drug transportation tunnel (800 yards in length), stretching from a house in Tijuana to a commercial lot in an Otay Mesa industrial park.

Following an investigation that began on April 12, authorities seized 2242 pounds of cocaine and more than 14,000 pounds of marijuana. The cocaine stash is believed to be the largest ever seized from a tunnel.

Six men (believed to be of Mexican descent, judging by their last names) were arrested and charged on April 15. The news release from the United States Attorney's office did not give the name of the industrial park. Thus far, the Reader has not been able to reach officials who know.

The tunnel was equipped with lights, rail and ventilation systems, and an elevator that goes from the tunnel to a closet in the Tijuana home. The exit in the industrial park was covered with a large-sized industrial dumpster.

A cautious system of transferring the product from truck to truck was employed, including the use of a tarp so as to conceal exactly what was going on as the transfers were made. San Diego County sheriff's deputies stopped a truck carrying most of the drugs on April 13, which is when the scheme unravelled for the traffickers.

A news release offered a gallery of photos of the seizure.

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Javajoe25 April 20, 2016 @ 7:52 p.m.

2,242 pounds? Whew, that's a lot of snoot, Don. Cartel is going to be miffed. Watch for the heads to roll in TJ. In the meantime, someone should find out who these tunnel dogs are and get them to work on the Carrizo railway. They could probably cut a new tunnel through the mountains and eliminate the complications of the line going south of the border.


monaghan April 20, 2016 @ 10:16 p.m.

Or lend a hand to Gov. Jerry Brown's crazy mammoth water diversion tunnel project slated for the Sacramento Delta.


Don Bauder April 21, 2016 @ 6:41 a.m.

Javajoe25: Yes, but there is so much more money in digging drug delivery tunnels. Railroads, schmailroads .Best,Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 21, 2016 @ 6:44 a.m.

monaghan: Sometimes a big diversion project is a political diversion strategy. Best, Don Bauder


Bob_Hudson April 21, 2016 @ 7:21 a.m.

Who says San Diego doesn't have a subway system?


MURPHYJUNK April 21, 2016 @ 7:30 a.m.

and yet they still do not use current tek to detect tunnels being dug.
makes me wonder what kind of boobs are in charge of the border


Don Bauder April 21, 2016 @ 2:44 p.m.

Murphyjunk: Maybe they don't have the budget for current tech. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 21, 2016 @ 8:06 a.m.

Bob_Hudson: You are going to get railroaded out of town. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh April 21, 2016 @ 4:36 p.m.

Sorry, but this keeps bringing me back to the matter of how the tunnelers get rid of all that dirt. In a couple cases, they had a building big enough to hold it all on the Mexican side. But that's not the usual situation, meaning that the soil had to be hauled away in trucks. And trucks full of subsoil and rocks are easy to see and detect, that is, if anyone is looking. On our side of the border there is all this talk of cooperation with the Mexican "authorities", and yet tunnel after tunnel is dug, and nobody sees nuthin'. It's obvious that there's no true cooperation between that government and our government at a level that can seal up the border to dope. Personally, I wonder why it isn't far simpler to get the stuff into the US by simpler means, using the tools available to plain, ordinary smugglers.


Don Bauder April 22, 2016 @ 2:22 p.m.

Visduh: That is a good question and I don't have an answer for it. Possibly the dirt is removed at 3 a.m. or so. Best, Don Bauder


rehftmann April 21, 2016 @ 4:53 p.m.

One of my teachers, I can't remember if it was Leonardo or Galileo, suggested that the earthen access ramps used in cathedral construction could be promptly and cost-effectively be removed after use by burying gold under them and letting people excavate it. The savings would be assured by the unlimited (in this case, positive) power of greed.

We could use a gold of pot! Perhaps, with de-criminalization, we can get some of the large public excavation projects mentioned above done on pot power. SF to LAX in a levitating vacuum tube, can you dig it? New pipeline from melting Alaska, the long bong.

In any case, this news undermines the Great Wall of Donald.


Don Bauder April 21, 2016 @ 7:53 p.m.

rehftmann: States that have legalized marijuana, such as Colorado and Washington, are rolling in money. It's just a matter of time before California and many other states legalize commercial pot. Yes, greed has its uses -- good or bad. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh April 25, 2016 @ 4:47 p.m.

One generally depressed corner of our state, namely the northwestern corner, aka Humboldt County, is going to really suffer if/when pot is fully legalized. It has been a prime area for growing the stuff due to its remote location, terrain, forests, and granola-eating-look-the-other-way attitudes. When it can be grown more-or-less openly in other areas, that's where it will be grown, and Eureka will lose its exclusivity. Pot growing there is the economic mainstay, with even the chamber of commerce admitting its role. Otherwise law-abiding folks are actually proud of how lucrative pot is and how they have managed to turn contraband into an almost-respectable farm product. Things just keep getting crazier with the passage of time.


Don Bauder April 26, 2016 @ 7:24 a.m.

Visduh: Yes, the U.S. goes down to Colombia to kill the plants from airplanes. Have any airplanes killed the crops in Humboldt County? Need I ask? Of course not. Best, Don Baudre


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