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Drug trafficking passageways on Mexican side of border not filled due to lack of funding

January 19, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug trafficking passageways on Mexican side of border not filled due to lack of funding

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Mexico reportedly does not entirely close off dug out drug trafficking passageways used by criminal cartels to cross the border into the U.S., which is causing authorities to raise their concerns over “a security risk and an open invitation” for drug dealers to build new tunnels.

The U.S has been filling drug smuggling tunnels on its side of the border since 2007. However, according to a report published by The Los Angeles Times, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office budget means that as of recently, those tunnels been left unsealed.

Mexican officials indicated that they do not have the resources to completely close off the drug tunnels, some of which are built with ventilation systems and rails to transport drugs and other contraband into U.S. territory.

On the Mexican side, only the entries to these tunnels are sealed off, which some critics have claimed can enable drug traffickers to make new entrances through the access of hidden passageways that are intact and that lead directly to drug distribution points in the U.S.

The concern arose after a Sunday Los Angeles Times story which documented the discovery of a drug trafficking tunnel that had not been filled since 2015, which was once again in full operation. Other tunnels and passageways have also been found over the last few years.

The U.S. government has allegedly invested approximately $8.7 million to seal drug trafficking passageways, a 2016 report published by the Department of Homeland Security indicated.

“It’s a huge open invitation to drug traffickers, and that’s going to be taken advantage of,” Michael Unzueta stated, who is an official in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service in San Diego.

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