60% Increase in Number of Smuggling Tunnels at U.S.-Mexican Border – terrorist highway?

April 21, 2010 06:35

Couple that with the news that Iranian special forces are now in Latin America and we have a recipe for disaster.

By Edwin Mora at CNSNews.com

(CNSNews.com) – The number of tunnels being used to smuggle illegal drugs across the Southwestern border grew by more than half from 2008 to 2009, according to a March 25 report from the National Drug Intelligence Center.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents stationed along U.S.-Mexico border discovered 26 illegal tunnels – a 60 percent increase over the 16 tunnels that authorities discovered in 2008.

Most of the subterranean routes were discovered in Arizona, with 20 found in the “Tucson Sector” – a 262-mile long section of the border from the New Mexico state line to Yuma County, Ariz., the NDIC reported in its 2010 annual drug assessment.

“The proliferation of the underground tunnels is an indication that smugglers see them as an effective venue to bring in contraband into the U.S.,” the report said.

According to the Justice Department, most of the illegal tunnels are being used by drug smugglers to bring in illegal substances.

“DTOs (drug trafficking organizations) consider these tunnels as useful investments to smuggle drugs into the United States,” the NDIC assessment said.

But the report also noted the potential for the tunnels to be used for terrorist activity.


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