Mexican Man Sentenced for Smuggling Drugs Through California Tunnels

Tunnel from Mexico to California

A Mexican man connected with two of the biggest marijuana seizures ever recorded admitted to his guilt in federal court. Daniel Navarro-Chavez was involved in a smuggling operation that used a tunnel that reached from Tijuana into San Diego. The discovery of the tunnel netted also 100,000 pounds of marijuana.

Navarro reduced his sentence by pleading guilty the charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. When he was finally sentenced, he received 15 years in prison – far less than the sentence the prosecutors wanted.

The DEA and other U.S. investigators believe that the tunnels are run by the Sinaloa cartel. The cartel’s leader is Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s most wanted drug criminal.

In the past two decades, U.S. officials have discovered more than 100 underground tunnels along the border. The rate at which they are being constructed is rapidly growing. More than half of those tunnels have been discovered just in the past four years.

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