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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

'A Straight Shot Into ... Mexico'

'A Straight Shot Into ... Mexico' - Los Angeles Times: "Officials give media from both sides of the border a tour of a tunnel as they announce the arrest of a man with alleged ties to the cartel suspected of building it.

By Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer

SAN DIEGO — Fifty feet underneath the warehouse, groundwater drips from the jagged sandstone walls of the longest illegal tunnel ever found under a U.S. border.

The tunnel makes a sharp turn south and, lit by a string of 60-watt bulbs, extends a third of a mile farther, all the way to the U.S.-Mexico border.

'You're looking at a … straight shot into the Republic of Mexico,' said Frank Marwood, acting deputy special agent in charge for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Federal officials gave U.S. and Mexican media a rare look at a smuggling tunnel Monday as they announced the arrest of a man with alleged ties to a Mexican drug cartel that authorities suspect built the 2,400-foot-long passage.

Carlos Eugenio Cardenas-Calvillo, who allegedly works for the warehouse operators in Otay Mesa, Calif., V & F Distributors LLC, was arraigned Monday on drug conspiracy charges."

Obviously meant to aid those hoping to escape California, by any means possible.
-Rob "make it an e-ticket ride" D.


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