San Luis Drug tunnel business being watched since January
YUMA, AZ - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration revealed today that they have been watching the business since January where they just shut down a fully operational drug tunnel to Mexico. Inside a non-descript building at 508 Archibald Street in San Luis, AZ agents say they discovered the tunnel's entrance in a storage room hidden beneath a large water tank.
From the floor, they say the tunnel plunged more that 55 feet below the ground and the passageway measures 48 inches wide and they confirmed it did have lighting and ventilation. They say they got a break on July 6th when they learned DPS had stopped a black pick-up truck on highway 95 for a traffic violation. Inside the truck they found 39 pounds of meth. Information they picked up from this stop tied the truck back to the location of the business and the tunnel they would discover.
3 people are under arrest in connection with the tunnel. Mexican and US officials conducted the raid on both sides of the border at the same time. Jay Crede, Assistant Special Agent says " the loss of this tunnel will deal a blow to those traffickers who were attempting to elude detection by taking their contraband underground."
KSWT's Marie Hamill has more from this DEA news conference starting with KSWT First News at 4:00.
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