US Marijuana Party

Saturday, August 20, 2005

U.S. officials to destroy smuggling tunnel

National Post, Canada

VANCOUVER -- A tunnel allegedly built to smuggle marijuana from Canada to the United States will be destroyed next week, an official with the Drug Enforcement Administration said Friday.

Rodney Benson, special agent in charge of the Seattle Field Division of the DEA, also said more arrests are imminent in the case.

The two-day project to fill in the tunnel will begin on Thursday. A crew will cut through the roadway above the tunnel near the Lynden, Wash., border before steel and cement barriers are inserted and the tunnel is filled in with dirt and gravel, Benson said.

A liquid foam cement that hardens like rock will then be put into the tunnel to close it off permanently, he said.

Benson said 1,000 pieces of lumber were used to build the tunnel.

"So a lot of that wood will have to be taken out," he added.

"Criminal organizations spent months to construct it, spent . . . probably a million dollars in constructing it, and it's going to be shut down in a way that it will never be used again."


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