Reuters is reporting that the San Diego Tunnel Task Force has found two different sophisticated drug smuggling tunnels in the desert between Mexico and a warehouse facility in San Diego, complete with ventilation systems and railways.
Enabled by our War on Drugs, well-designed tunnel systems that travel underneath the U.S./Mexican border enable the transport of large quantities of drugs between countries. Tunnels usually connect with innocuous-looking buildings to avoid unwanted suspicion.
U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said of the incident that “going underground is not a good business plan”. In actuality, going underground is the only business plan to avoid the expensive and ineffective drug enforcement laws instituted within the United States.
The report said that in the past eight years, the feds have uncovered at least 80 different cross-border smuggling tunnels – California and Arizona serving as the more popular entrance points into the country. This, of course, only scratches the surface of the true physical network of drug-enabling systems into the U.S.
For every tunnel found, dozens more exist. How much money does it cost to plan and execute surveillance programs that seek to uncover drug tunnels? When virtually any middle-school aged student can get their hands on drugs, we must ask ourselves: is it worth it?
Is it worth it?