When a U-Haul truck carrying 4,700 pounds of marijuana rolled into Bisbee, Ariz., this week, the local cops were ready. The local police had been tipped off and, with the help of the Border Patrol’s canine team, managed to intercept the truck and its $3 million-worth of bundled cargo. The operation was a success, but that was just the beginning.
Tracing the U-Haul’s route led the cops and U.S. Border Patrol agents to a house in the border town of Naco, where, inside a small shed on the property, they found the entrance to the longest drug-smuggling tunnel ever discovered in the Tucson sector.
According to a press release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), both agencies of the Department of Homeland Security, specially trained agents from the Border Patrol’s tunnel team were immediately dispatched to begin investigating the underground passageway. Despite an initial delay, due to concerns over the tunnel’s air quality, the investigators found a hydraulic lift inside a cement shaft, leading down into the wood-bolstered tunnel. At least near the entrance, the tunnel is big enough to allow an adult to stand up straight.