Keep your enemies close: a drug trafficking tunnel under construction will be discovered just across the street from the Mexican Military Police Station
- The Mexican National Guard found a 3-meter-deep tunnel under a house in the border city of Tijuana last Friday while searching for a kidnapped person.
- The house is across the street from a National Guard station and just a few hundred yards down the street from Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry with the US.
- An unknown drug cartel planned to connect the tunnel to a second underground passageway built and discovered by authorities 10 years ago
- The underpass stretched 200 meters but did not reach the city of San Diego in the southern United States
Cheeky drug couriers hoped to get away with smuggling right under the noses of Mexican authorities by digging a narcotunnel from a house directly across the street from a military police station.
Security forces found the tunnel – which was still under construction – by accident while searching for a kidnapping victim in the border town of Tijuana.
Mexico’s attorney general obtained a search warrant for the property last Friday while searching for the missing person.
The National Guard troops could not enter the site because the gates were locked. The house is across the street from a National Guard station and just a few hundred yards down the street from Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry with the US.
Mexican agents stand guard at a house in Tijuana where authorities discovered an underground tunnel that was under construction. An unknown criminal organization planned to connect it to another passageway to trade drugs and smuggle migrants into the United States
An underground passageway was discovered under a house in Tijuana, Mexico last Friday, as security forces conducted a search for a person allegedly abducted.
Access to an underground tunnel discovered by security forces in Tijuana, Mexico last Friday. The secret passage was connected to another one built and discovered ten years ago
The house is across the street from a National Guard station and just a few hundred yards down the street from Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry with the US.
Sources told the Mexican newspaper Day that the criminal organization planned to link the underground passageway with another one built and located by the authorities nearly a decade ago.
Authorities say the tunnel was built 4 meters below the street surface and extended 200 meters. However, it did not reach the city of San Diego in the southern United States.
The underground passage was equipped with rails that allowed a drill to remove soil and gravel. The tunnel also had a lighting and ventilation system.
Authorities say the tunnel has a rail system set up to clear soil, along with ventilation and lighting. The partially built tunnel was set up 4 meters below the street surface and extended 200 meters to a second underground passage
Mexico’s National Guard stands in front of a house in the border city of Tijuana, where an underground tunnel was discovered last Friday
The property was just a few hundred yards down the street from the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry with the US.
Local residents told it Telemundo that they never heard any noise coming from the two-story house located on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Street, a street that trucks drive through every day before crossing the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
“Nobody knew what was going on, no, everything was quiet,” said Miriam Carmen. “It was a homely house, nothing more.”
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Threat Assessment 2020, Mexican drug trafficking organizations are considered “ the greatest threat to drug trafficking in the United States. ”
The DEA report indicated that, aside from using “commercial and passenger vehicles” to ship massive amounts of narcotics to the US, tunnels also play a complex role in transporting drugs.
“These cross-border tunnels come from Mexico and lead to safe houses on the US side of the border,” the DEA said.
DEA data shows that there are as many as 13,000 underground passages in Mexico.