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First known completed and fully operational tunnel ever uncovered in area

Yuma, AZ – Authorities will announce the discovery of a major cross-border drug tunnel linking a commercial building in San Luis, AZ. The 240-yard passageway was equipped with lighting and ventilation. The investigation included arrests and drug seizures.


Contact: DEA Public Affairs

(202) 307-7977

Event Information:

What: Press Conference to Announce Discovery of Major Drug Smuggling Tunnel
When: Thursday, July 12, 2012 11:00 a.m.
Where: DEA Yuma Resident Office
7101 E. 29th Street, Suite 105
Yuma, AZ 85365
Media may begin to arrive at 10:30 a.m. Cameras and microphones must be pre-set by 10:50 a.m. Please bring your press credentials for sign-in.For more information, contact DEA PIO, Special Agent Ramona Sanchez at (602) 723-4764 or at ramona.f.sanchez@usdoj.gov.

If they thought they had the jump on this The Blaze had it July 9th. The Yuma Sun on the 8th. The following images are from The Yuma Sun. All Photos courtesy of Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA):

The main entrance to the alleged drug tunnel found Saturday morning in San Luis Rio Colorado. The first section is a small corridor leading to another entrance to the main part of the tunnel, almost 60 feet deep.

Reporters and military personnel go down the staircase (left) leading to the 755-foot tunnel that leads to a commercial building on Archibald Street in San Luis, Ariz.

A view of the main corridor of the drug tunnel found below San Luis on Saturday.

Bags of sand that were extracted during the construction of the tunnel are stored in one of the rooms of the property.

SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. — A half-block from the Mexican port of entry and a few feet from the border is where authorities discovered a tunnel that crosses into a commercial facility in San Luis, Ariz.

About 755 feet long and 60 feet deep, the tunnel would have been used for more than six months to smuggle drugs northbound and weapons and cash southbound, said Gen. Raul Guereca Valenzuela, head of the local military station, during a briefing with media representatives.

From the Blaze:

Mexico’s defense secretariat says the tunnel linked a soon-to-be-opened ice and purified water business in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora to a business in San Luis, Arizona.

Guereca said Saturday that the tunnel was 4.25 feet (1.3 meters) high and reached a depth of almost 60 feet (18 meters) below ground. It had electricity, ventilation and small cars to transport the drugs through the tunnel.


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