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Cross-border drug tunnel found in Tijuana ice cream shop

October 23, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cross-border drug tunnel found in Tijuana ice cream shop

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A seemingly ordinary-looking ice factory, down the road from the international airport and a few blocks from the Mexican Federal Police headquarters in Tijuana, ended up serving as a cross-border drug tunnel.

On Thursday, Mexican officials received an anonymous tip regarding La Hielera del Aeropuerto, and soldiers and police officers surrounded the building and discovered that the entrance led to a cross-border drug tunnel.

A source with the Public Safety Secretariat for the state of Baja California told the San Diego Union-Tribune they located what appeared to be marijuana that had been wrapped in plastic parcels.


According to CW6, as much as two tons of drugs may have been seized in La Hielera.

Authorities have not yet conducted a full investigation of the premises as they were awaiting a judge’s order permitting the search.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) verified the existence of the cross-border tunnel, but would not provide any additional details regarding its location or level of sophistication.

ICE issued a statement that read: “In order to ensure the integrity of the ongoing investigation and the safety of those involved, [ICE’s Homeland Security Investigation office in] San Diego is not providing additional details at this time.”

Over 75 similar smuggling tunnels have been discovered in the border area within the past five years.

Back in April, an 800-yard-long tunnel that spanned from Tijuana to Otay Mesa was found equipped with both an elevator and a rail system.

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