Drugs tunnel connecting US and Mexico found

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The cross-border passage was described as “sophisticated” by prosecutors

A huge drugs tunnel has been found running from Tijuana in Mexico to a warehouse in San Diego in the US.

With a length of 1,744ft (531m), the passage had a rail track, electricity and a ventilation system.

US authorities had been carrying out surveillance at a property previously used as a stash house for smuggling cocaine when they made the discovery.

They seized cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. Six people are being held on drug-trafficking charges.

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Image caption,A similar tunnel to this (but much longer) was discovered in 2020

The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California said the tunnel was 61ft (18m) deep and 4ft (1m) in diameter.

Prosecutors say that before the discovery, officers saw several vehicles come and go from the property in Tijuana and the warehouse on Friday 13 May.

They were then stopped and searched, the drugs were seized and arrests were made.

When officers entered the warehouse, the cross-border tunnel exit point was found carved out of the floor.

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Image caption,A rail track runs through the tunnel

The attorney’s office said 1,762lb (799 kg) of cocaine, 164lb (74kg) of methamphetamine and 3.5lb (1.5kg) of heroin had been seized.

The suspects, aged between 31 and 55, could face a life sentence in prison and a $1m fine if found guilty.

“There is no more light at the end of this narco-tunnel,” said US Attorney Randy Grossman.

“We will take down every subterranean smuggling route we find to keep illicit drugs from reaching our streets and destroying our families and communities.”

The last tunnel found in California was in 2020. That one is also the longest to date, measuring 4,309ft (1,313m) in length. Since 1993, 90 of these types of secret passage have been discovered.

Drugs seized in the tunnel operation

A picture of the drugs seized during this investigation

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Michigan State Police on the Hunt for Bigfoot Bandits

In yet another sad case of Bigfoot banditry, some sticky-fingered ne’er-do-wells swiped a sizeable Sasquatch lawn ornament from outside of a home in Michigan and the hunt for the miscreants has reached all the way to the state police. According to a local media report, the seven-foot-tall sheet metal depiction of the iconic cryptid was stolen on March 22nd from Mike and Donna Kinne’s yard in the community of Park Township. The caper was particularly curious to the couple as, by virtue of its size and construction, procuring the lawn ornament undoubtedly proved to be a rather onerous challenge for the individuals behind the Bigfoot heist.

Explaining that the thieves likely needed a truck to transport the stolen Sasquatch as well as bolt cutters to get through the heavy chain that had secured the lawn ornament, Mike also noted that “I’ve never handled him without having my leather gloves on because he’s very sharp.” As such, Donna observed that the Bigfoot bandits “had to want him bad,” since they somehow managed to make off with the piece unnoticed. Like so many other instances of Sasquatch artwork taken from homes and businesses around the country, the Kinne’s loss initially seemed to be a matter for local authorities. However, the case took a rather surprising turn on Thursday when the Michigan State Police announced an investigation into the brazen Bigfoot banditry.

In an official bulletin issued by the department, they described the pilfered piece as being “a rusty brown color with various sharp edges to detail the fur of the Sasquatch” and advised local residents to be on the lookout for out-of-place “white panel van with dark driver and passenger side windows” that was spotted in the area at the time of the heist. Suggesting that the vehicle could very well be the proverbial getaway car of the Bigfoot bandits, they indicated that it had actually been seen turning around in the Kinne’s driveway around the time of the caper, quite possibly with the stolen piece already in tow.

As for who could have been behind the theft, the Kinnes were at a loss for potential suspects, because the Bigfoot had become something of a neighborhood fixture with residents decorating the piece for the holidays. With that in mind, Donna mused that “I’m hoping there’s been some 18-year-old naughty boy that’s been eyeballing Sasquatch for a while, because somebody had to come prepared.” Should that be the case, the hypothetical youngster behind the heist now finds themselves with a Bigfoot-sized problem on their hands as the whole community, including the state police, are looking for the stolen piece.

Wanted man leads police on 4-hour snowmobile chase through southeast Winnipeg

A Winnipeg man on a stolen snowmobile led police on a four-hour chase through the southeastern part of the city Sunday afternoon.

Police said they were called around noon Sunday about a man illegally operating a snowmobile — later determined to be stolen — in a residential St. Norbert neighbourhood.

The suspect, identified as a man who was already the subject of a warrant for firearms-related charges, managed to evade police throughout an “extensive” area, until he was arrested around 3:45 p.m.

The 40-year-old was taken into custody and faces charges of failing to comply with conditions of a release order, three counts of property obtained by crime over $5,000, and fleeing while pursued by a peace officer.

The Reality of January 6, 2021

Trump sat in the dining room off the oval office watching the riot on TV for 3 hours without doing anything to mitigate the insanity.

Brainwashed pro-Trump rioter with twist ties! They intended on taking members of congress hostage!

Rabid Trump supporter foaming at the mouth.

The Trump South will rise again.

Trump finally piped up. “Go home, we love you, you’re very special”. Those violent goons have a soft spot in his heart.

No ifs, ands or buts, this was an attempted coup d’etat. The disinformation spread by Trump and his cohorts lead to misinformation believed and perpetuated by the ignorant supporters. This is a very dangerous time for the U.S.A. The ignorant masses will believe anything and follow anybody.

Man in Clown Mask Attempts to Steal Jet to Fly to Area 51 to See Aliens

McCarran International Airport above

A Las Vegas man is in considerable legal trouble following a wild incident wherein he breached an airport’s security perimeter by way of a limousine and then donned a clown mask while attempting to commandeer a jet for a trip to Area 51 to see aliens. The multilayered misadventure reportedly unfolded last Wednesday evening when Matthew Hancock allegedly drove a limo through two metal fences surrounding the city’s McCarran International Airport. After pulling up alongside a jet on the tarmac, authorities say the man stepped out of his vehicle, put on a clown mask, and informed workers at the aircraft that he intended to “blow this place up” with a bomb.

According to police, Hancock then inexplicably got back inside the limousine and began to drive away, while the understandably alarmed airport personnel fled the scene. Fortunately, there was no standoff nor any altercation when cops caught up with the vehicle as the man is said to have surrendered immediately. It was then that things took an even stranger turn when Hancock reportedly revealed to police his reasoning for the brazen event. After telling them that there was a bomb in his vehicle, the man explained that he wanted to steal a jet and then somehow use it to journey to Area 51 “to look at aliens.”

Cops subsequently searched Hancock’s limousine and found a crude-looking fake bomb made out of what appeared to be an oxygen tank, a fire extinguisher, and various metal objects all strung together with Christmas lights. As one might imagine, the man was promptly arrested and has been charged with multiple crimes including threatening an act of terrorism. In an appropriately bizarre coda to this entire tale, since being taken into custody it has been alleged that Hancock phoned a well-known Las Vegas attorney approximately eight times on the day of the incident. During the calls, he is said to have dubbed himself “the chosen one” and claimed that he had put some kind of bomb in the lawyer’s car.

The Space Aliens at Area 51 may be dead!

Woman Tries to Hire Assassin on RentAHitman.com, Ends Up in Prison

A Michigan woman who turned to a bogus rent-a-hitman website to have an assassin kill her ex-husband was recently convicted for solicitation of murder.

The internet is amazing. You can find just about any kind of information or service if you put in the work and do some research, but when it comes to hiring someone to be your hitman, you may want to skip the obvious options. Wendy Wein, a 52-year-old woman from Michigan who wanted her ex-husband dead, failed to do just that. She found the website RentAHitman.com and assumed that it was a legitimate business where vengeful people like her could find professionals to do their dirty work for them. It won’t surprise anyone that this wasn’t the case and that she is now facing at least nine years behind bars.

RentAHitman.com promises confidentiality, boasts about complying with HIPPA, which apparently stands for the non-existent “Hitman Information Privacy & Protection Act of 1964,” features testimonies from satisfied customers, including women who caught their husbands cheating, and offers access to a network of over 17,000 “field operatives”. And that’s apparently more than enough for people to put in an order for a hitman…

The bogus assassin-hiring website is the brainchild of Bob Innes, a 54-year-old Northern California man, who created it not as a joke or a honey-pot for people with criminal tendencies, but as part of an Internet security business that never took off. He registered RentAHitman.com on Feb. 5, 2005 and considered opening a network security business. Eventually, he put it up for sale, hoping to make a profit, but that didn’t really work out either, so he simply forgot about it.

Then, three years later, he happened to check an email address connected to the domain name and was shocked to see about 200 to 300 emails, many of them one-liners asking questions like: ‘How much for services?’ ‘Do you operate in this or that country?’ etc.

Innes was surprised by all these emails, but he still didn’t do anything with the domain name until 2010 when he got an email from an English woman who claimed she had been tricked out of an inheritance by some people and wanted to have them all killed. She said her situation was urgent and had no issue providing the names of her victims. Bob could tell she was serious, and the names she mentioned in her messages turned out to be her relatives.

But before turning in the woman to the authorities, Bob Innes gave her a chance to change her mind, just like he does everyone else who appears serious about their intention to hire a hitman via his website. He asked her if she still required the service and if she wanted to be placed in contact with a field operator. She said yes and ended up spending four months behind bars before being sent back to Britain.

“It’s a crazy world,” Innes told the Washington Post. “The Internet is obviously a dangerous place. And this website is a magnet for low-hanging fruit that are out there trying to harm other people.”

A decade after RentAHitman.com fooled its first real customer, dozens of other people have fallen prey to it, the latest of whom was Wendy Wein. She too got the chance to walk back on her plan to have her ex-killed, but she didn’t take it. She did mention that finding the website so easily was a bit weird but in the end went ahead with her plan.

“This is kind of weird that your company is not on the deep or dark web,” Wein wrote to Innes. “I prefer not going to jail. Thank you for your time.”

Unfortunately, that’s exactly where she went after the owner of RentAHitman.com reported her to the police. Now, the 52-year old is looking at a minimum of nine years behind bars after pleading guilty earlier this month to solicitation of murder and using a computer to commit a crime. Her sentence is due in January.

“I don’t get it, people are just stupid,” Bob Innes eloquently summed up the whole story of RentAHitman.com.

Odditycentral.com

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