Nearly $30M Worth of Drugs Seized in US Tunnel

While the Coronavirus has brought the world to a halt, Drug smugglers remain hard at work.

If there was ever an example of the expression "crime doesn't take a vacation," it would be drug smuggling. While the entire world is forced into hibernation, with businesses forced to close and individuals ordered to stay home in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made a startling discovery.

On March 19th, Federal agents in San Diego seized over 4.4 thousand pounds of drugs that were found in a sophisticated tunnel network that had been created to smuggle drugs.

The tunnel linked the Otay Mesa region in San Diego to Tijuana in Mexico and was over three feet wide and more than 2,000 feet long. Not only that, but the tunnel had been decked out with reinforced walls, ventilation systems, lights throughout it and also a rail network, according to ICE agents.

While no arrests were made within the tunnel, authorities discovered a stockpile of illicit substances, including 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana over two pounds of fentanyl, all adding up to a street value just shy of $30 million.

"These tunnels show the determination of drug trafficking organizations to subvert our border controls and smuggle deadly drugs into our community. But these recent tunnel seizures also show the dedication of our amazing partners on the San Diego Tunnel Task Force to locate and shut down these tunnels to keep our communities safe," Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge John W. Callery said when speaking of the discovery.

The tunnel discovery comes at a time of heightened national and international security when most nations are shutting down their borders and prohibiting air travel to minimize the continued spread of COVID-19. Furthermore, the tunnel discovery comes during the tenure of President Donald Trump, throughout which he has been pushing for a border wall to minimize the flow of illegal drugs.

The tunnel also represents the continuing endurance of the black market for drugs, which has persistently remained in spite of a growing legal marketplace for cannabis.

As the COVID-19 crisis wages on and many cannabis companies struggle to stay afloat, the last thing the industry needs is another influx of illicit substances.


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Louis O'Neill
Louis O'Neill

Louis is a writer based in Sydney with a focus on social and political issues. Having interviewed local politicians and entrepreneurs, Louis now focuses on cannabis culture, legislation & reform.

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