News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Exclusive: Drug Smugglers Dig Record Number of Tunnels in 2007

The Number of Tunnels Found by Authorities in 2007 Was a Record 19
By RICHARD ESPOSITO

Nineteen tunnels were discovered beneath the United States southwest border in 2007, surpassing a record of 17 set in 2006, federal authorities reported today.

Seventy-three tunnels -- ranging from crude to sophisticated -- have been discovered since 1990, half of those since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Department of Homeland Security reported in an intelligence assessment released today.

None of the tunneling discovered was attributed to terrorists, but the enhanced security of overland routes since the 2001 attacks was cited as a reason drug smugglers burrowed for alternatives.

A tunnel discovered in Tecate, Calif., in December 2007 stunned the quiet border community known for its namesake brewery and probably led to the retaliatory death of a Mexican police commander, the report stated.

Fourteen of the tunnels were discovered criss-crossing the Nogales, Ariz. to Nogales, Mexico. border. DHS assessed that the massive storm drainage system beneath those cities provided easy access for tunnel builders, resulting in 37 tunnels built and discovered since 1995.

The majority of the tunnels appeared to have been built to smuggle drugs, notably large shipments of marijuana. In one such tunnel, 3,000 pounds of marijuana was found by Nogales police and a Customs Border Patrol canine unit.

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