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Leading Engineer: Mexican Government under-reporting number of narco-tunnels under US — Mexico border

March 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Leading Engineer: Mexican Government under-reporting number of narco-tunnels under US — Mexico border

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The vice president of the Association of Engineers in Mexico opposed assertions made by the Mexican Attorney General that there were 30 narco-tunnels discovered along the U.S.—Mexico Border between 2010 and 2017.

Roberto Mendez Meza indicated to the Reforma News Agency that it is likely that there were 80 narco-tunnels found during that time, opposing the official number reported by the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR).

During President Trump’s California visit and border wall prototype inspection, the PGR told Mexican press outlet Reforma about the number of tunnels found, which has been strongly disputed by the engineering group.

The area for the proposed border wall is a region known for sophisticated tunnels constructed by cartels to evade detection by the U.S. Border Patrol.

The U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection revealed that underground crossings are not only used for drug smuggling, but also for the smuggling of illegals into the U.S. In one case, 23 illegal immigrants from China and seven from Mexico used a tunnel to cross into California. This passage was found in the surrounding area near the Otay Mesa port of entry where agents found a crude opening in the ground with a ladder.

In another probe launched by federal agents, a massive tunnel that was the length of eight football fields led from a warehouse in Tijuana to an industrial park in San Diego’s Otay Mesa area. The design included a railcar system, lighting, and ventilation to make it easier for narcos to transport large quantities of drugs.

Mendez Meza added that he doubts a border wall would prevent the crossing of illegals and drugs. Even if a superstructure was constructed, he thinks the criminals would proceed with building tunnels.

According to the PGR, 30 tunnels were recovered in Tijuana, Mexicali, and Tecate. Sixty-six percent have been closed down, and the usage status for the other remains unclear.

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