Past Features

February 25, 2015

Tunnel Vision
DHS Incompetency Unrivaled
KOLD-TV -- Tucson -- February 24, 2015  
Bisbee PD calls tunnel discovery 'national security issue'  
 Naco Arizona -- Local and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating a sophisticated smuggling tunnel under a shed at a property in Naco, AZ, after a large drug seizure near Bisbee on Monday.
    According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the tunnel is tied to the $3 million marijuana bust, in which 4,700 pounds of marijuana was seized and two people were arrested.
    Immigration Customs and Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Border Patrol, and the Bisbee Police Department were involved in the bust of an alleged large-scale marijuana smuggling scheme, according to a CBP statement.
    Bisbee police Staff Sgt. Robert Coronado called this a "national security issue" until CBP can search out and secure all tunnel access points.
    U.S. officials are working with Mexican authorities to find an opening in Mexico.
    Coronado said a Bisbee police officer stopped a cargo truck at about 6 p.m. on Feb. 23 near Highway 92 and South Wilson Road between Naco and Bisbee. Luis E. Jacobo, 37, was driving the truck.
    The officer found 207 bundles of marijuana, worth an estimated $3 million, according to Bisbee police.
    Authorities were able to tie those drugs to a house on Humphrey Ave. in Naco. Luis E. Jacobo, 59, was inside. He is the father of the truck driver.
    Both men have been arrested on drug charges. Bisbee police say the men have an extensive criminal history.

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol    
Published October 10, 2010
Overblown Threat
With exception of storm drains, tunnels have been found to exit in the U.S. not far from the border in some sort of structure such as a building. Most have been in Nogales, where the border gap is as short as 28 feet. -- Google Earth shows very few such places between El Paso and the Pacific Ocean (don't try to tunnel under the Rio Grande River). DHS should flag every such structure and act accordingly. But, as with everything else DHS does, don't expect such rational thinking when it comes to tunnels.

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol 
Published February 25, 2015

Tunnel Vision
As this map shows two tunnels have been found in Naco --- that we know of --- both ending up very close to the border. -- ABP has demonstrated technology that can detect tunnel activity. It is called the Sonic Barrier. It has not been installed.