US-Mexico Border: ‘Longest ever’ Smuggling Tunnel Discovered

first_img Share Sharing is caring! US officials say they have discovered the longest smuggling tunnel ever found on the border with Mexico.Stretching for 4,309ft (1,313m), the tunnel had a lift, rail track, drainage and air ventilation systems, and high voltage electrical cables.The passageway connected an industrial site in the Mexican city of Tijuana to the San Diego area in California.There were no arrests made or drugs found. Authorities did not say who they suspected of being behind the tunnel.But Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, described by the US government as one of the largest drug-trafficking organisations in the world, operates in the area. Its founder and long-time leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is serving life in prison in the US.The tunnel was discovered in August. Mexican officials identified its entrance and US investigators mapped it, before releasing the findings on Wednesday.It has an average depth of 70ft (21m) below the surface, with the tunnel being 5.5ft high and 2ft wide, US Customs and Border Protection said. It was not clear how long it took to build it. “The sophistication and length of this particular tunnel demonstrates the time-consuming efforts transnational criminal organisations will undertake to facilitate cross-border smuggling,” Cardell Morant, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego, said in a statement.Several hundred sandbags were discovered blocking a suspected former exit of the tunnel in San Diego’s Otay Mesa industrial warehouse area, the statement added. The main tunnel had an incomplete offshoot. Share Tweet Share More than a dozen sophisticated tunnels have been found on California’s border with Mexico since 2016. The second-longest tunnel in the US, found in San Diego in 2014, was 2,966ft long, the CBP said.Recent US-Mexico border tunnelsAugust 2018: A 600ft tunnel stretched from a former KFC in the state of Arizona to MexicoApril 2016: A sophisticated tunnel in San Diego was used to transport an “unprecedented cache” of cocaine and marijuana, according to officialsMarch 2016: A tunnel ran from a restaurant in Mexico to a house in CaliforniaAugust 2015: An unfinished tunnel with rails, lighting and ventilation is found in Tijuana InternationalNews US-Mexico Border: ‘Longest ever’ Smuggling Tunnel Discovered by: – January 30, 2020 95 Views   no discussions US President Donald Trump has made building a border wall one of his key priorities, saying it is needed to tackle illegal immigration and drug trafficking. But officials say most drugs are smuggled through legal ports of entry, hidden in privately-owned vehicles or transporter lorries, mixed with other goods.last_img read more

Vieira happy with Barbados performance

first_imgFRESH off his exploits in Barbados at the third round of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships last weekend Matthew Vieira is happy with his performance.Vieira, who spoke to Chronicle Sport after the event on Sunday, contended that he was satisfied over the weekend, especially considering the competition.“I was the fastest Caribbean-based rider there. I think that the times were also very competitive when compared with the other Caribbean Guys and I am proud of my performance.”“The English riders are in a class by themselves. They are professionals and they have cutting edge machinery,” he continued.When quizzed about what’s next, the Guyanese responded, “The next leg of the CMRC is in Guyana and I have some time. Where I go from there is left to be seen.”“However, if I could get my hands on the technology that the two riders have, then I think that I’d be able to compete with them,” he contended.Sponsorship, he noted was the major hindrance to this, taking the opportunity to thank Hisco and his father Mark Vieira for the assistance in Barbados.last_img read more

QPR decide against signing sacked Chelsea youngster Mellis

first_imgQPR will not be signing former Chelsea midfielder Jacob Mellis.The 21-year-old joined Rangers on trial after being sacked by the Blues for setting off a smoke grenade at their Cobham training ground last month.He has since been arrested following a domestic incident.AdChoices广告R’s boss Mark Hughes was keen to give Mellis a chance to rebuild his career and extended his trial period.But Hughes has subsequently decided not to retain him and the player is no longer training with the club.Advertising on West London Sport See also:Sacked Chelsea youngster deserves a chance, says bossSacked Chelsea youngster to stay with QPRSacked Chelsea youngster Mellis handed chance by QPRFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img