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.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

8 tons of cocaine, 3 machine guns, 25 years

The Associated Press

Published: 05.30.2008

A man was sentenced in Tucson on Thursday to 25 years in prison in the funneling of more than 17,000 pounds of cocaine through a drug tunnel on the Arizona-Mexico border, officials said.

Francisco Valle-Hurtado, 38, of Naco, Son., guarded cocaine loads with a machine gun after they passed through the tunnel in Naco between 1996 and 1999, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The 200-foot tunnel connected a mobile home on the Arizona side with a walled-in space between two houses on the Mexican side.

During the investigation, an additional 2,600 pounds of cocaine, three machine guns and $1.5 million were seized, the office said.

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