Longest Smuggler’s Tunnel Ever Found Outside San Diego

President Donald Trump is fulfilling his promise to build the wall between the United States and Mexico.

That does not mean that the smugglers who foist illegal drugs in this country and who are responsible for human trafficking, gun-running and more aren’t going to try to get around that barrier.

On Wednesday, it was announced that they are still up to the age old practice of literally going underground to get the product across the border.

U.S. authorities on Wednesday announced the discovery of the longest smuggling tunnel ever found on the Southwest border, stretching more than three-quarters of a mile from an industrial site in Tijuana, Mexico, to the San Diego area.

The tunnel featured an extensive rail cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance and a drainage system.

While there were no arrests, no drugs found at the site and no confirmed exit point in the U.S., the length — more than 14 football fields — stunned authorities….

The newly discovered tunnel is about 5.5 feet (1.68 meters) tall and 2 feet (0.61 meters) wide and runs at an average depth of 70 feet (21.3 meters) below the surface, officials said.

Agents discovered several hundred sandbags blocking a suspected former exit of the tunnel in San Diego’s Otay Mesa industrial warehouse area. It went under several warehouses in Otay Mesa, where sophisticated tunnels have typically ended, and extended into open fields.

Somebody out there is determined to get their wares into the United States by any means possible. Digging these tunnels is time-consuming and not cheap.

“The sophistication and length of this particular tunnel demonstrates the time-consuming efforts transnational criminal organizations will undertake to facilitate cross-border smuggling,” said Cardell T. Morant, acting special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit in San Diego.

Due to the direction the tunnel was dug, U.S. authorities believe that the final destination was San Diego, but the diggers did not make it that far.

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