If the war on the virus was not enough to deal with, border agents have found a newly constructed smugglers tunnel that starts in Tijuana and comes out in San Diego. The drug cartels are seeing a major drop in their profits now that people have to stay home.
Their buyers are not able to get their drugs so it stands to reason that the cartels will have a drop in their blood money. This is great for the country and bad for the cartels.
$30 million worth of drugs were found buried in the tunnel. Agents reported that “The confiscated narcotics included 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana and more than two pounds of fentanyl — a total street value of about $29.6 million.”
Border agents found the 2,000-foot-long tunnel in the middle of March. The tunnel started in a warehouse and connected to the Otay Mesa which is part of San Diego. The people that are building these tunnels know what they are doing.
The tunnel had a depth of 31 feet and had reinforced walls. There was ventilation for air and even lights had been installed. The tunnel was to be used for a long time. This is just one of the many ways that the drug lords are getting their drugs to the United States.
To pull the drugs out of the tunnel authorities had to work for over a week to remove the 4,400 pounds of drugs that were on the American side of the tunnel. There was no report as to how much was found on the Mexican side of the tunnel.
This kind of work takes agents out of circulation to shut the tunnel down. The drug lords do not care what they do to people as long as they get their stash of drugs to their illegal market. They just want the money.
It takes a lot of time to dig and set up these kinds of passageways. They start on the Mexican side slowly work their way north. The material is disposed of quietly, so no suspicion is raised. It is like a secret prison break.
No one will talk about the tunnel because no one wants to get into trouble. The tunnels will also connect to various homes, but the people that own the homes are the ones that end up in trouble. So, the cartels have learned to try to put the openings in areas that will not draw attention.
So far there have been no arrests made. One special agent named John W. Callery stated that “These tunnels show the determination of drug trafficking organizations to subvert our border controls and smuggle deadly drugs into our community.”
The goal of all the agents is to keep the people safe. Even during the outbreak, the agents are patrolling the border to keep that threat from the American people.
All border agents and people that work to keep communities safe are working triple hard these days. The coronavirus threatens them as much as it does everyone else. But they have to be there on the front lines or else the drug cartels would overrun the border with their contraband and stolen people.
Another agent named Cardell T. Morant stated “I hope this sends a clear message that despite the ongoing public health crisis. HSI and our law enforcement partners will remain resilient and continue to pursue criminal organizations responsible for the cross-border smuggling of narcotics into the United States.”
Law enforcement in San Diego has a police unit that is trained to deal with the tunnels. They are the ones that monitor underground smuggling in the region. Once a tunnel is found they move in and secure the area. From there, they map it out and shut it down.
Anything that was found in the tunnel is taken back for analysis. It is a dangerous job as they never know if any person may be in the tunnels. They are on the front lines of the war on drugs. This makes their job extremely important for the security of the nation.