Tijuana Drug Tunnel Extends Into U.S.

Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 05:20 PM

By Andra Varin

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The Mexican army has discovered a suspected drug smugglers’ tunnel that stretches from Tijuana more than 300 feet into U.S. territory.

The incomplete tunnel is about 328 yards long, 3 feet wide and 6 feet in height, complete with lights and ventilation. Its entrance was concealed inside a house under construction and the exit had not yet been dug.

Inside the house was a shrine to “Santa Muerte,” a skeletal icon adored by some drug traffickers, Mexican army Gen. Alfonso Duarte told reporters.

Nine men and one woman were arrested in connection with the tunnel’s construction.

U.S. officials said in June that since 1990, more than 150 clandestine tunnels for smuggling people and drugs into the U.S. have been found in Mexico.

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