FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Security Policy and the Cloud

Ask The Expert

Mark Rivera

FBI-CJIS Security Policy Compliance Officer

Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

Top News

Traffic Stop Uncovers Ariz. Border Tunnel

July 12, 2012  | 

Photo: DEA
Photo: DEA

Federal and local authorities uncovered a sophisticated underground tunnel at the California-Arizona-Mexico border with lighting, ventilation, and reinforced beams possibly linked to the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Federal and local agents found the tunnel's entrance hidden under a water tank in a one-story building in San Luis, near Yuma, Arizona. The tunnel then plunged 55 feet down before heading toward Mexico. The 240-yard tunnel with six-foot ceilings rose into an ice factory in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico.

The three-foot wide tunnel was reinforced with 4-by-6-inch beams with plywood for the walls, ceiling, and floor.

Agents found numerous 55 gallon drums next the entrance that were filled with soil excavated from the vertical shaft, as well as large plywood boxes believed to be used to cover the pallets of drums for later removal from the location.

As DEA agents searched the business, the Mexican military entered the ice plant. Mexican authorities found numerous bags of dirt stacked to the ceiling in the room where the tunnel's entryway was located.   

The tunnel was discovered following months of surveillance on the business after DEA agents observed suspicious activity that indicated the site was being used as a potential stash location. On July 6, Arizona troopers stopped a black Ford F-150 pick-up on Highway 95 for a traffic violation.  Inside the bed of the truck, the troopers discovered 39 pounds of methamphetamine. Information gleaned from the stop led the vehicle back to the San Luis location.

So far, three suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the tunnel.

"I'm proud of the excellent work performed by detectives assigned to the Arizona Department of Public Safety's Criminal Investigations Division," said Robert Halliday, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. "Their tenacity really made the difference in uncovering the existence of this tunnel."

Other agencies involved in the investigation include the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Border Patrol, and the Yuma County Sheriff's Office.


Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine