The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announce the discovery of an underground smuggling tunnel and the seizure of over $29 million in drugs. The tunnel is 31 feet deep and 3 feet wide, and extends more than 2,000 feet between a warehouse in San Diego and a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico. The drugs included 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana, and more than 2 pounds of fentanyl.
The Defense Department is expected to announce the allocation of billions of additional Pentagon funds for the border wall. The budget proposal expected to be released this week requests $2 billion for wall construction. Because the request is to ostensibly help combat drug smuggling, the Pentagon’s “284” counter drug authority allows the Defense Department to build barriers, lighting, and roads for the purpose of countering drug trafficking.
The U.S. Border Patrol discovered one of the longest smuggling tunnels ever found on the Southwest border in the Tijuana, Mexico/San Diego area. It is about 5.5 feet tall and 2 feet wide and runs at an average depth of 70 feet below the surface. With features like an extensive rail cart system, forced air ventilation, and high voltage electrical cables and panels, the tunnel exposes the limitations in President Trump’s border wall.