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Drug Traffickers Buy U.S. Land: Feds Say Border House Has Secret Tunnel

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By    |   Friday, 25 Mar 2016 10:20 AM

Alleged drug traffickers are accused of buying land in the U.S. to conceal a cross-border tunnel where narcotics were transported from Mexico into California, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Federal agents arrested five people, including Augustin Enrique Cruz, the owner of a home in Calexico, California, where a tunnel leading to a restaurant in Mexicali, Mexico, was found, the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement.

The 415-yard tunnel, nearly as long as 1.5 football fields, was allegedly used to smuggle marijuana, as some 3,000 pounds of marijuana were seized during Cruz's arrest on Wednesday.

"In January 2014, Cruz purchased the property at 902 E. Third Street in Calexico," said the U.S. attorney office statement. "It is the first time in this district that drug traffickers are known to have purchased property and constructed a house for the sole purpose of concealing the exit of a drug tunnel.

"To finance the purchase of the parcel, Cruz's co-conspirators arranged for various cash pickups in Arizona and California. Cruz also met with the title company for the closing. The parcel was placed in Enrique Cruz's name on July 1, 2015."

A cement hole found in the living room of the single-family home led to a shaft, reported KNSD-TV on Wednesday. Federal prosecutors said that it was the twelfth "large-scale" drug smuggling tunnel found along the border since 2006.

"We repeatedly see cartels trying to build these tunnels, they spend years doing it, they spend millions of dollars doing it, to create their own private underworld of secret passageways to move drugs unchecked into this country," U.S. attorney Laura Duffy said at the news conference.

"But for the builders, for the financiers, for the operators of these passageways, there's no light at the end of these tunnels," Duffy stated.

Cruz, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, is facing pending charges of conspiracy to import controlled substances, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, conspiracy to maintain drug related premises, conspiracy to launder money, and aiding and abetting the construction, finance, and use of a narcotics tunnel.

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