From Cross-Border Crossings to El Chapo's Houses: Mexico's Most Impressive Drug Tunnels

From Cross-Border Crossings to El Chapo’s Houses: Mexico’s Most Impressive Drug Tunnels

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After the discovery of a drug tunnel over 300 meters long which connects to Tijuana with San DiegoUS authorities have admitted that criminals are increasingly more creative with the techniques and methods used to transfer of money, weapons and drugs between the two North American countries, but this type of corridor have been used for decades and they are not only used for the trafficking of illegal goods.

One of the best-known tunnels is the one made by engineers under the orders of Joaquin Chapo Guzman at the neighborhood of Altiplano Maximum Security Prisonin the State of Mexico, in the construction of which his wife participated, Emma Colonelwho fears to return to the country after having confessed, among other things, how he helped the capo escape from prison.

According to what the native of Durango declared in front of the American authorities, andn the first stage of bribed construction prison officers to be able to enter a device with GPS who reported the precise location of the capo inside the detention center.

(Photo: Special)
(Photo: Special)

Thanks to the data provided by the localization device, the engineers were able to plot a route from his cell to an address located more than a kilometer from the detention center, which was carried out tens of meters deep and it was not in a straight linefor various obstacles and the ground conditions of the place forced its construction in this way.

Other drug tunnels built for elders leader of the Sinaloa Cartel have been made in several of its addresses located in Culiacanwhich allowed him to flee in the face of various attempts to capture the authorities, since we know that the famous capo hidden the passages by pneumatic mechanisms hidden under their bathtubsto which they had easy access from their homes.

Chapo was inspired to build his escape passages in drug tunnels present at the border with the United States since the 1970sa decade in which the fight against drug traffickers and their methods of transferring drugs from Mexico to the neighboring country has hardened.

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(Photo: Special)

Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez were the strategic points for the construction of this type of criminal infrastructure, since it was in 2009 that the American authorities discovered the longest drug tunnel to datewhich began in the industrial zone of Tijuana, facilitating the arrival of heavy trucks loaded with goods without arousing suspicion.

the tunnel is finished 1.2 miles inside San Diego Countyin the small town of Otay tablea place where criminals on the American side of the border received tons of drugs and returned large amounts of money and firearms purchased in this country.

Ken Salazar, US Ambassador to Mexicotraveled to this notorious narco-tunnel on May 12 and warned that there are around 200 such crossings in the area, for which the authorities on both sides of the border must step up efforts to combat the transfer of dope.

(Photo: DHS via ICE/Released)
(Photo: DHS via ICE/Released)

One day after the ambassador’s visit to the city, The municipal police found a tunnel located in the neighborhood of Nueva Tijuana who was stretching 300 meters to San Diego, who informed US authorities and personnel of the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) who helped secure the passage which had electricity and lighting.

In addition to being used by drug traffickers, underground tunnels in Mexico have been used in recent years by huachicoleroswhich dig several meters deep towards Pemex pipes to connect them to private homes or warehouses, places where they store the extracted hydrocarbons.

(Photo: Cuartoscuro)
(Photo: Cuartoscuro)

Two of these tunnels were detected in 2022the first was discovered by neighbors of Ecatepecwho perceived a strong smell of gasoline coming from a house in the Jardines de Morelos district, in front of which elements of the federal security went and discovered plugs and cans of fuel.

The other was discovered in a house in Escobedo, Nuevo Leonand had a depth of almost 6 meters, since the Petróleos Mexicanos pipeline that transports hydrocarbons through the entity was directly under the domicile.

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