December 10th, 2009
10:15 PM ET

New border tunnel discovered

Editor's Note: Authorities have uncovered an underground tunnel between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California. Anderson will be live from this new tunnel tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

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Heading to San Diego, where once again an enormous tunnel has been discovered. It was being built to smuggle people and/or drugs from Tijuana into the US.

The level of sophistication of these tunnels is extraordinary. In addition to lighting, electrical, and ventilation systems, this new one even has an elevator on the Tijuana side. It was still being built when it was discovered, and authorities arrested more than a dozen men inside.

A few years ago we got an exclusive look at another tunnel U.S. authorities had just discovered that opened up into a warehouse on the U.S. side. It wasn't clear how long that one had been in operation. Watch our report from 2006 here.

Tonight we'll take you deep underground inside the new tunnel, and we'll update you on the war Mexico is fighting against drug traffickers - a war that has claimed more than 7,000 lives this year alone.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Anderson Cooper • Mexico
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. JC-Los Angeles

    It always seems like we view the tunnels from only one point of view and that's as an entrance into the United States.

    Perhaps we could use the tunnels to re-route horrid individuals out of the United States; like, say, Tareq and Michaele Salahi.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    That tunnel had to take a lot of work and now the people who built it can't use it – for once the good guys won over the bad guys. Hope if there are anymore of these tunnels they are found soon and put out of commission. What will the authorities do with this tunnel?? Blow it up??

    December 10, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  3. Ken S.

    When will the US govm't realize that trying to fight a 'war on drugs' is a boondoggle of wasted funds?

    December 10, 2009 at 8:10 pm |
  4. Teresa, OH

    I am fascinated at the ingenuity of people. ^5 to the tunnel rats

    why cant the govt just let us have our dope?

    December 10, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  5. Paula, Colorado

    It's amazing that such progress can be made on the tunnels before they are discovered. I'm looking forward to your report tonight. Keep safe!

    December 10, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  6. Michael from Richmond, VA

    The only reason this is possible is because of Prohibition. The illegality has put a premium on the drugs and raised their prices. The original cost to produce is still the same so this increase causes an increase in profits. Eliminate PROHIBITION and you eliminate the additional profits that these drug cartels receive. They say more than 60% of the Cartels profits comes from US Marijuana sales alone. LEGALIZE MARIJUANA!!!

    December 10, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  7. Dave S.

    Glad to see that drug war having such an effect! Looking forward to the story though.

    December 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Lilibeth

    Wow...as if the tunnel you reported in 2006 wasn't startling enough. I guess I shouldn't be surprised at the lengths people go through if they think they can get away with it.

    Makes me wonder if there are more tunnels out there. Should be a great show tonight. Take care,


    December 10, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  9. Diane DeCicco

    Those tunnels look really creepy, kind of reminds me of the tunnels the Viet Cong used in Vietnam. EeeeeeYikes! I mean just the thought of "tunnels" for use as the something they are using them for and other than burying cables.. just creepy.

    December 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  10. Marcy

    what i don't understnad is why no one can trace the lighting back to the people who are running the thing. I don't care if there are electrical cords, someone is paying for the power to that tunnel, who is it?!

    December 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  11. Tim Gibson

    Perhaps part of the jobs creation progam could be additional border patrol agents who are highly skilled.

    December 10, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  12. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Transporting drugs today transporting Alqaida tomorrow the need for ground penetrating radar is great.

    December 10, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  13. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    It's amazing what man is capable of doing. Unfortunately, not always intelligence is used for good.

    How many successful operations against drug smuggling are necessary to fund the construction and maintenance of a tunnel like this? – And how many tunnels there that have never been discovered?

    I envision that there are a lot of smuggling tunnels don't discovered and that the cost of tunnel one with air conditioning and electric transport is low compared with the potential rewards. Evidence that the cost is low is simply that they keep building them again and again. They wouldn't continue building the tunnels if they were not a profitable strategy.

    I don't expect the drug trade to slow soon, at least not because of law enforcement. And we must not let the pictures of the last tunnel or seizure of drugs deceive us to think he could do it.

    I think AC360 can make an interesting report about this problem. Thanks!

    December 10, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  14. Brad

    In my opinion......another day has passed.....and more people have died in Bagdad. Why don't we show them the consequences of their actions....Show them the horror of war.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  15. Cindy

    I knew Cooper when I saw this new tunnel story that you would have to go and play in the dang thing! Guess I was right on the money because there you go jetting off to delve into it.

    I can't see how they can build such huge tunnels and have lights and all in them. You would think it would take for ever to dig them out. People must be really desperate to go through all of that trouble!

    Can't wait to see the show tonight!!


    December 10, 2009 at 10:00 am |