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Drug-smuggling tunnel found under Canadian border

July 21st, 2005, 01:33 PM
SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- Federal agents have shut down a drug-smuggling tunnel built under the U.S.-Canadian border north of Seattle -- the first such tunnel discovered on the nation's northern border, federal officials said Thursday.

Authorities had been monitoring construction of the tunnel for eight months and sealed it shortly after it opened Wednesday, making three to five arrests in the process, a government employee who had been briefed by local law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

The employee spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the news had not been made public.

A news release Thursday morning from U.S. Attorney John McKay confirmed the tunnel, calling it the first found on the northern border. A news conference was scheduled for later Thursday, and no further details were given.

Federal authorities have discovered at least 12 tunnels along the U.S.-Mexico border since September 11, 2001, some of them only partially completed. Last year, Homeland Security began using technology developed by geophysicists to pinpoint suspicious terrain.

The U.S.-Canada tunnel ran from a greenhouse on the Canadian side to within about 100 yards of an abandoned house on the U.S. side, 300 feet from the border, according to the government source.

Michael Milne, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, declined to comment. The source said the investigation was handled largely by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI, but FBI agent Roberta A. Burroughs in Seattle said it was "another federal agency's investigation."

The tunnel was found north of Lynden, about 90 miles north of Seattle.

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July 21st, 2005, 01:37 PM
ahh crap there goes my shipment for this week! :rolleyes:

July 21st, 2005, 02:10 PM
THATS WHAT I SAID,,,, :crazy: :crazy:

July 21st, 2005, 02:59 PM
What are they suppose to smoke with their Starbuck's now?

July 21st, 2005, 03:11 PM
Don't worry, folks. There's another one between Windsor and Detroit that's been there for years, used by drug runners. The only problem is, you have to be able to run REALLY fast, because it's also used by trains. Of course, even if you do make it across to Detroit, you still run the risk of getting shot.

(So many people get killed trying to use that tunnel to get across they don't even report it in the paper anymore when it happens)

July 21st, 2005, 03:14 PM
Darn it all! Now I'll have to reorder that hydroponic thingy! :D

Imagine how peeved the diggers are! hehehehehe! :evil:

July 21st, 2005, 03:16 PM
You like how they wait till contruction is finished!

Schwinn do people really run through those things??

July 21st, 2005, 03:24 PM
Schwinn you aren't the one who kept taking the bicycle across are you?

You sly devil you!

July 21st, 2005, 03:26 PM
Well, according to Dubya, the drugs ONLY go from North to South, so there goes our economy.

July 21st, 2005, 03:28 PM
Prin never mind, the guns in the states have started to grow legs and walk themselves over the border!
It truly is amazing!

July 21st, 2005, 03:28 PM
Schwinn do people really run through those things??

Yup, but a lot of them only run half way through. It's about 2 kms long, and only big enough for a person or a train, not both! It is about half way between the casino and the bridge, almost right beside the old casino in Windsor.

July 21st, 2005, 03:52 PM
You like how they wait till contruction is finished!

Well, ya, they get a free tunnel!

July 23rd, 2005, 12:48 AM
LOL you all didn't believe me (well, you probably did) but just now on the Spokane news, they said the tunnel went from BC to the States. LOL not the other way around or "between BC and Seattle", it's a one way tunnel out of Canada, into the US.... It was so funny. Since when do Americans put Canada first? :D (well, I guess we don't put Americans first either... :) )

July 23rd, 2005, 10:15 AM
Did u see the tunnel,WOW,it really was pretty impressive....Drug smugglers are very creative...

July 24th, 2005, 07:50 PM
yay canada, you ppl never fail to impress me....... :D :D :D

now if only i can get design instructions, tassie here i come :D