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The house that Calexico drug traffickers built

Tunnel between residence and Mexican restaurant

Federal officials seized more than a ton of marijuana today (March 23) and arrested four people as a cross-border tunnel running from Mexicali to Calexico was thwarted.

The tunnel runs 415 yards from the El Sarape Restaurant in Mexicali to a Calexico home at 902 E. Third Street; it's the first such tunnel discovered in Calexico in a decade.

Two people were arrested in Arizona and two others in Calexico on Tuesday (March 23). They were charged with various drug-related offenses. Federal officials said this was the first instance in which drug traffickers are known to have purchased property and constructed a house for the sole purpose of concealing narcotics traffic.

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Federal officials seized more than a ton of marijuana today (March 23) and arrested four people as a cross-border tunnel running from Mexicali to Calexico was thwarted.

The tunnel runs 415 yards from the El Sarape Restaurant in Mexicali to a Calexico home at 902 E. Third Street; it's the first such tunnel discovered in Calexico in a decade.

Two people were arrested in Arizona and two others in Calexico on Tuesday (March 23). They were charged with various drug-related offenses. Federal officials said this was the first instance in which drug traffickers are known to have purchased property and constructed a house for the sole purpose of concealing narcotics traffic.

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Well The Donald's wall won't impede subterranean incursions. Just wondering if he will add a moat when necessary?

March 24, 2016

JustWondering: Will The Donald have any say about subterranean incursions, or a moat? He says the Mexicans will pay for it. Won't that eliminate him from decisions? Best, Don Bauder

March 24, 2016

415 yards! Wow. That's almost a quarter mile, and nobody saw, heard, felt or smelled a thing. As usual. But this time the house/terminus was specially built for the purpose. What happens to all that soil? A tunnel that long would have generated thousands of cubic yards of dirt. Hey, it went somewhere, probably (almost certainly) on the Mexican side.

March 24, 2016

Visduh: Yes, I agree completely with you. The soil removed during construction went to the Mexican side. Best, Don Bauder

March 25, 2016

I suspect the defense will be that the owners of the house longed for real Mexican food .

March 26, 2016

AlexClarke: Now you have given the defense lawyers their key argument. Best, Don Bauder

March 26, 2016

Mike Murphy: Keep watching the real estate ads. The U.S. will want to get money out of the crooks, and selling the house may be the only method. Best , Don Bauder

March 26, 2016

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