Ex-DEA Supervisor: Drug Tunnels Possible in RGV
July 24th 2012 · 3 Comments
WESLACO – A former DEA supervisor said undiscovered drug tunnels could be operating all over the Rio Grande Valley.
Drug cartels use tunnels to cross drugs and smuggle people. Authorities busted a 775-foot tunnel in Nogales, Arizona recently. It ran under a border fence, a park and a canal. It ended in an empty strip mall.
Drug agents say professional engineers helped the Sinaloa Cartel build it.
“In South Texas, we haven’t heard of the sophistication in building as in Arizona, Tijuana,” explained the former DEA supervisor.
But Jordan added the possibility of them existing is very strong. In 2010, investigators found drugs tunnels under manholes in Hidalgo.
Jordan said intelligence officers are telling him the Rio Grande could be the perfect avenue for the cartels’ ultimate sophisticated tunnel. The river could give the cartels the best cover.
“They go to where there is less visibility or publicity regarding their illicit activity,” said Jordan.
He said he’s sure cartels are already making their move, if they haven’t already.
He explained, “It’s going to be difficult for us to detect unless we have human intelligence.”
CHANNEL 5 NEWS is trying to find an engineer in Texas with a specialty in tunnels to show us how complicated it is to build a tunnel under the river. We’ve made several calls to engineering firms and we’re talking to the Army Corp of Engineers.
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