News / USA

Authorities Uncover Sophisticated Tunnel Linking US, Mexico

Authorities Uncover Sophisticated Tunnel Linking US, Mexicoi
X
November 01, 2013 5:10 AM
U.S. officials have disrupted a major drug smuggling operation by shutting down a sophisticated tunnel linking warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

Authorities Uncover Sophisticated Tunnel Linking US, Mexico

VOA News
U.S. officials have disrupted a major drug smuggling operation by shutting down a sophisticated tunnel linking warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.
 
Federal officials say three arrests have been made and they're targeting more suspects.
 
Police say they confiscated a large stash of marijuana and cocaine from the tunnel, which is equipped with an electronic rail system and elaborate electrical and ventilation systems.
 
"This was the third one since 2011; we found them all before they could successfully get any drugs into the United States… Their traditional roots, their methods through the [point of entry] are failing at this point, they're very desperate; they're doing whatever they can to get into the U.S.," said William Sherman, a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
 
Laura Duffy, U.S. Attorney for Southern California, said law enforcement also have their sights on the leaders behind the sophisticated drug smuggling operations.
 
"We've had great success in discovering and shutting down these tunnels, but we're going after the management now as well. In February of 2012, we charged Jose Sanchez-Villalobos, who is identified in court documents as one of the senior lieutenants of the Sinaloa Cartel with building, financing and operating two of the super tunnels that we've mentioned. One was discovered in November 2010 and the other precisely a year later," said Duffy.
 
Officials say that more than 75 tunnels have been discovered since 2008 linking the southwestern U.S. with Mexico.

You May Like

Multimedia Social Media Documenting, Not Driving, Hong Kong Protests

Unlike in Arab Spring uprisings, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong aren't relying on Twitter and Facebook to organize, but social media still plays a role More

Analysis: Occupy Central Not Exactly Hong Kong’s Tiananmen

VOA's former Hong Kong, Beijing correspondent compares and contrasts 1989 Tiananmen Square protest with what is now happening in Hong Kong More

Bambari Hospital a Lone Place of Help in Violence-Plagued CAR

Only establishment still functioning in CAR's second city is main hospital More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Godwin from: Nigeria
November 01, 2013 1:35 PM
Today I saw Israel destroying tunnels through which Palestinians smuggle in suiciders and kidnap personnel from Israel. I thought it was a bad decision to close those tunnels, or even disclose it to public hearing that they have been discovered. It should have been a good opportunity to capture and eliminate those involved in the dastardly business. Today again the US is destroying smuggling tunnels linking Mexico and USA. What a stupid decision. The right thing to do should have been to mount guards at the mouth of those tunnels and simply pick up the smugglers as soon as they arrive in the kitty. Especially for Israel, it should have helped reduce, if not totally eliminate, the menace of those terrorists to the country.

In Response

by: Ian from: USA
November 01, 2013 2:35 PM
You are much wiser than our high paid bozos that the American people entrust to protect the country.
I had the same thought as your, I would not even capture them at the tunnel , but let them go as far as the delivery points in other states so we don't alert them of the tunnels being discovered

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plainsi
X
October 01, 2014 10:45 AM
It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plains

It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests Draw New Supporters on National Holiday

On the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, Hong Kong protesters are hoping to stage the largest pro-democracy demonstration since the 1989 Tiananmen protests. VOA's Brian Padden visited one of the protest sites mid-day, when the atmosphere was calm and where the supporters were enthusiastic about joining what they are calling the umbrella revolution.
Video

Video India's PM Continues First US Visit

India's prime minister is on his first visit to Washington, to strengthen political and economic ties between the world's oldest and the world biggest democracies. He came to the U.S. capital from New York, the first stop on his five-day visit to the country that denied him an entry visa in the past. From Washington, Zlatica Hoke reports Modi seemed most focused on attracting foreign investment and trade to increase job opportunities for his people.
Video

Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid