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December 10th, 2009
07:52 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Drug Tunnel Discovered

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, Anderson will be reporting live from San Diego, along the U.S.-Mexico border, where authorities have discovered a very sophisticated drug tunnel. 13 people were arrested inside the tunnel last week.

Anderson and his team have just fed us video from inside the tunnel, which we will show you tonight on the program. You will be amazed at the work that went into this tunnel. The entrance is in a bathroom, inside a Tijuana, Mexico warehouse. It looks like any other bathroom, until you look closely and notice it has a false floor that can lower down about eight feet.

The tunnel covers approximately 900 feet in total and reaches a depth of about 100 feet, with several rooms. Though, the main shaft is five-feet by four-feet and the people who built it even installed an elevator, electricity and pipes for water.

Anderson will give you a tour of the drug tunnel. He'll also talk with DEA and Immigration officials on the scene. Hear what they're facing on the job and how they're trying to secure the U.S. border.

We'll also give you an up close look at the drug war in Juarez, Mexico, along the border with Texas.

Michael Ware and his producer Ismael Estrada went on patrol with a task force in Juarez, where they discovered it's still a deadly place to be.

And, we'll take you to Olso, Norway where Pres. Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize today, just days after he ordered more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

A commander-in-chief at war, accepting a peace prize. How does he reconcile the two?

We’ll play you parts of his speech. We’ve got the raw politics.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then!


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Carol

    I hope people take three things away from this report: An understanding that innocent people die because other people lust for money and power and will do anything from tunneling to murdering to obtain these...a realization that all the border fences in the world are not going to keep drugs from coming across the border (and weapons and money going back)...a willingness to admit that the U.S., with its appetite for illicit drugs, is at the root of the problem.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  2. Steve

    A tunnel that big would displace a very large pile of gravel. What happened to it all? Andy Dufresne (Shawshank) would be proud.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  3. Frank

    How and where was the excavated dirt and rock disposed? A major problem in digging tunnels and canals (Panama Canal) is disposing of the dirt and rock. No one or law enforcement ever noticed the huge amounts of excavated debris??

    December 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Bill

    Has the US thought to add seismometers along the border to detect the vibrations from the jack hammers, pick axes etc...?

    December 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Dale Clark

    Anderson,Wondering why they did'ent wait for the tunnel to be comepleted and maybe get the mother load?Also why have we not blown this tunnel?Lets face the facts this is a war.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Akos

    Welcome to a Retro Berlin 1961-1989. It's like Checkpoint Charlie Museum, People are fleeing for a better life. Timetravel...

    December 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  7. Susana Amezcua

    I hope both Mexican and American people take into consideration that drug smuggling has a customer and a supplier; and both have to be eliminated if drug abuse, drug trafficking and all the crimes related to this illegal activity are to be controlled at all.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Emily

    I don't see why a tunnel is the most effecient route. Wouldn't it be easier to sail a boat off the coast of Mexico and port in California, then to dig hundreds of miles below the Earth???

    Can't wait to see how the tunnel was discovered.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Michael

    Wow I can not believe this is going on below our borders. If tunnels such as these are being used by drug cartels...who is to say terrorist groups aren't doing the same thing? A scary thought.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    Anderson reporting from the field is always a great experience – he's right when he says that going to the story is the best way to understand it and report on it. I'm really looking forward to hearing the story and seeing the tunnel. Sounds like the most elaborate one yet.

    Obama accepting the peace prize in Oslo while sending troops to Afghanistan instead of withdrawing like he said he would in his campaign – irony does not begin to even describe it. Hypocritical might though.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:30 pm |
  11. Cindy

    Wow..that was one freakin' huge and elaborate tunnel! They had to have been working on that thing for ever! I just don't see how they could have gotten that far along without being noticed. Thankfully they were caught and they can't use that route any more. But I am sure there are many more tunnels being dug that we know nothing about.

    Looking forward to seeing Cooper in the tunnel and actually getting to see inside it myself.

    Cindy..Ga.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:07 pm |