A number of federal agents discovered a 1.2-kilometer-long drug smuggling tunnel connecting Mexico and California, United States. This tunnel has a depth of about 21 meters with a height of about 167 centimeters and a width of 60 centimeters.
“This is the longest underground tunnel on the southern border,” CNN reported on Thursday, January 30, 2020.
The tunnel connects the area in Tijuana, Mexico, with San Diego, California.
This tunnel is equipped with air ventilation, electricity, and a long railroad and stroller network. There are elevators at the entrance to each end of the tunnel.
“The sophistication of this tunnel shows the determination and source of money from drug cartels,” said special agent John W. Callery, agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
According to him, DEA and the Tunnel Task Force will continue to ensure that drug smugglers’ efforts fail.
“We will close the tunnel and stop the entry of drugs into the US,” Callery said.
This discovery was not accompanied by the arrest of suspected drug smugglers. “We are confident that we can catch them with our dedication and hard work,” said Aaron Heitke, deputy Head of Patrol.
The second longest tunnel was found in San Diego in 2014 along 3,259 feet or around 978 meters.
DW media reported that a US officer claimed he did not expect drug smugglers from Mexico to build a tunnel this big. “They continue to surprise me,” said Lance LeNoir, supervisor of Border Patrol operations, as reported by DW. This is a finding of Mexican authorities in August 2019, which has just been announced.