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Postby Pogotheostrich » Thu Jan 26, 2006 3:09 pm

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Authorities have found what they call the largest tunnel running into the United States along the U.S.-Mexican border.

About 2 tons of marijuana were inside the tunnel, the Drug Enforcement Administration said, indicating that it appears to have been used to transport drugs.

DEA and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents discovered the tunnel Wednesday night. It runs from Tijuana, Mexico, to Otay Mesa, California.

Officials said the tunnel is about seven-tenths of a mile (1,148 meters) or more than 1,200 yards long. Initial reports said it is 5 feet high and 3.5 feet wide.

Made of concrete, the passageway had lighting, electricity, ventilation and a pump to remove water, said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Most of the marijuana was uncovered on the Mexican side, but some of it was in the United States, Mack said.

"It's definitely expected to be related to a major drug cartel in Mexico," she said. No arrests have been made.

An investigation is under way to determine who helped build the passageway.

Mack said human intelligence led to the discovery of the underground structure. Agents then used ground-penetrating radar technology from the military to find anomalies in the soil, she said.

Earlier this month, U.S. border patrol agents investigating a caved-in road discovered another tunnel between Mexico and the United States, west of the San Ysidro, California, port of entry.

It was the third such tunnel found in three years near the San Ysidro port, Mack said. Others were discovered in 2003 and 2004, she said.

"We found trash and other evidence indicating people had been inside recently," Mack said in a phone interview January 11, describing the passage as "primitive."

Tightened border security since the September 11, 2001, attacks is the likely cause for the increase in the tunneling, Mack said.

At least 15 tunnels have been uncovered in California and Arizona since 9/11, she added.

"We've now got a dedicated tunnel task force, which works with the DEA and border patrol to proactively look for tunnels," Mack said.


http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/01/26/mexico ... index.html
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Jan 26, 2006 3:25 pm

Nice! Thats like 4 football fields gosh
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Postby HiddenIdentity » Thu Jan 26, 2006 3:37 pm

acsguitar wrote:Nice! Thats like 4 football fields gosh


:-b


(I hope you were kidding about the 4)
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Jan 26, 2006 3:42 pm

HiddenIdentity wrote:
acsguitar wrote:Nice! Thats like 4 football fields gosh


:-b


(I hope you were kidding about the 4)


um....yea
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Postby knapplc » Thu Jan 26, 2006 3:54 pm

This was a pretty serious enterprise – concrete construction, lights, drainage. That’s a large investment for a simple tunnel.

I suppose it would be too much to ask that they observed the tunnel for a while before seizing it so they could catch those involved…
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Postby slomo007 » Thu Jan 26, 2006 4:00 pm

Good, they should have accidentally released some toxic gas inside. :-B
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Jan 26, 2006 4:05 pm

knapplc wrote:This was a pretty serious enterprise – concrete construction, lights, drainage. That’s a large investment for a simple tunnel.

I suppose it would be too much to ask that they observed the tunnel for a while before seizing it so they could catch those involved…


hahah true...anyways 2 tons of weed is alot of street cash..

Lets do some math. Assuming it was dirt weed which it probably was.

100 an ounce

x 16 ounces = 1,600 a pound x 4000 pounds = 6.4 million dollars.

Now if it was good weed we can do some more math

~400 an ounce x 16 = 6,400 a pound x 4000 pounds = 25.6 million

Nice! ;-D
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Postby ironman » Thu Jan 26, 2006 4:10 pm

acsguitar wrote:
knapplc wrote:This was a pretty serious enterprise – concrete construction, lights, drainage. That’s a large investment for a simple tunnel.

I suppose it would be too much to ask that they observed the tunnel for a while before seizing it so they could catch those involved…


hahah true...anyways 2 tons of weed is alot of street cash..

Lets do some math. Assuming it was dirt weed which it probably was.

100 an ounce

x 16 ounces = 1,600 a pound x 4000 pounds = 6.4 million dollars.

Now if it was good weed we can do some more math

~400 an ounce x 16 = 6,400 a pound x 4000 pounds = 25.6 million

Nice! ;-D


So now what are you gonna do since your tunnel is closed acs? :-D
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Jan 26, 2006 4:44 pm

ironman wrote:
acsguitar wrote:
knapplc wrote:This was a pretty serious enterprise – concrete construction, lights, drainage. That’s a large investment for a simple tunnel.

I suppose it would be too much to ask that they observed the tunnel for a while before seizing it so they could catch those involved…


hahah true...anyways 2 tons of weed is alot of street cash..

Lets do some math. Assuming it was dirt weed which it probably was.

100 an ounce

x 16 ounces = 1,600 a pound x 4000 pounds = 6.4 million dollars.

Now if it was good weed we can do some more math

~400 an ounce x 16 = 6,400 a pound x 4000 pounds = 25.6 million

Nice! ;-D


So now what are you gonna do since your tunnel is closed acs? :-D


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Postby Madison » Thu Jan 26, 2006 5:01 pm

Nice to see we have an entire task force now that does nothing but look for more tunnels. ;-D
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