Doug Bedell — November 6, 2013, 5:12 pm

Smugglers Caught Despite Determined Digging

Mexican drug cartels provide an example of how determinedly smugglers can challenge security measures, and how they’re likely to be caught anyway. Working with local police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents recently detected and shut down a cross-border tunnel south of San Diego that was intended for heavy drug traffic.

The tunnel, Government Security News reports, led from a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico, to a building in a San Diego industrial park and was equipped with lighting, ventilation and an electric rail system. But the tunnel wasn’t even fully operational before it was shut down – with 17,292 pounds of marijuana and 325 pounds of cocaine seized.

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