US, Mexican police find largest ever border drug tunnel
Updated: 2006-01-27 10:34
The United States and Mexican police have found what could be the largest
underground passageway used for smuggling drugs into the U.S., Guillermo
Gonzalez, deputy commander of police in the northwest Mexican city of Tijuana,
told local press on Thursday.
The so-called "narcotunnel,"
which is now under police guard, is at least 60 meters long and 26 meters deep.
It links a warehouse in Tijuana to an exit in Otay, close to the city of San
Diego in the southwestern U.S. state of California.
Handout photo from the United States
Department of Homeland Security shows a 2,400-foot (732 meters) tunnel dug
under the US-Mexico border in San Diego that contained more than two tons
of marijuana that was discovered January 25, 2006. This was the latest of
nearly 20 tunnels found along the border region since September 11,
It is the third such tunnel found linking Tijuana and San Diego in around 10
days. Several dozens of such tunnels have been found since first was detected in
the mid-1980s -- including more than 15 in the last five years -- all designed
to smuggle drugs to the world's largest consumer.
The tunnel passes under a large metal fence, set up in 1990 by U.S.
authorities trying to halt the flow of undocumented migrants.
The entrance to a cross-border tunnel in the
Otay Mesa area of San Diego County, California is shown in this handout
photo provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency January 26, 2006. The
tunnel began in a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico and is said to have
electricity and a ventilation system, and exits in a vacant industrial
building in Otay Mesa. [Reuters]
Gonzalez said that the exit of the tunnel was found by U.S. customs and
migration officials, who called in their finding to their Tijuana