#AceWorldNews – LOS ANGELES – April 05 – (Reuters) – United States Federal Agents (USFA) have uncovered two drug-smuggling tunnels underneath the U.S. Mexico border, both surfacing in San Diego-area warehouses and equipped with rail systems for moving contraband, officials said on Friday.
The discovery led to the arrest of a 73-year-old woman accused of running one of the warehouses connected to a drug smuggling operation, according to a joint news release by four federal agencies.
The tunnels were discovered as part of a five-month investigation by the so-called San Diego Tunnel Task Force.
Federal law enforcement officials said the first tunnel, which connects a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico, with one in an industrial park in the border community of Otay Mesa, is about 600 yards long and is furnished with lighting, a crude rail system and wooden trusses.
The passageway is accessed via a 70-foot shaft secured by a cement cover and includes a pulley system on the U.S. side apparently intended to hoist contraband up into the warehouse.
The second tunnel was even more sophisticated, built with a multi-tiered electric rail system and an array of ventilation equipment.
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#AceWorldNews – LOS ANGELES – A magnitude-5.1 earthquake centred near Los Angeles caused no major damage but jittered nerves throughout the region as dozens of aftershocks struck into the night.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at about 9:09 p.m. Friday and was centred near Brea in Orange County – about 20 miles south-east of down-town Los Angeles – at a depth of about 5 miles.
It was felt as far south as San Diego and as far north as Ventura County, according to citizen responses collected on-line by the USGS.
#AceWorldNews – The USA does not intend to carry out a military intervention in the situation in Ukraine, US President Barack Obama stated on Wednesday in an interview with San Diego’s (CA) local division of NBC News channel.
He noted that there was a better way. Obama said that even Ukrainian would acknowledge that it would be improper for the USA to engage in combat actions with the Russians, since this would bring no good to Ukraine.
Barack Obama noted that the USA would mobilize all diplomatic resources to provide a solid international response to Russia’s actions, strongly opposed by Washington, in order to make it clear for Moscow that Ukraine should independently decide its future.
The president also warned that the USA and its allies are ready to apply even more extreme economic measures against Russia than the sanctions already imposed by the West.
#AceWorldNews says Cecilia Abadie, a US woman thought to be the first person to get a traffic-ticket for wearing Google-Glass, was found not guilty, AFP said. San Diego Commissioner John Blair found she was not actively using the Google-Glass device when she was stopped.
The speeding ticket that alleged she was driving at 80 miles (130km) per hour in a 65 mile-per-hour zone was dismissed due to a lack of evidence. Abadie, 44, was charged with speeding and distracted driving on a San Diego area freeway on October 29.
She acknowledged she was wearing the hi-tech eye-wear but said it was not turned on at the time.