CALEXICO, Calif. – A fifth suspect has been arrested after the discovery of a drug tunnel in Calexico. The suspect, Agustin Enrique Cruz, was indicted on five counts, including construction, financing and use of a tunnel, money laundering, maintaining drug related premises, among other counts.
According to the indictment, Cruz along with a co-conspirator traveled from Arizona to Calexico on multiple occasions throughout November 2014 and December 2014. In January 2014 Cruz and the co-conspirator found the property on Dool Avenue and Third Street in Calexico. That’s when they finalized the purchase for $240,000.
On June 18, 2015, based on the wiretap, the co-conspirators discussed the funds needed to construct a house on the property. On July 28, 2015, it was determined the cost would be $86,000. In September 2015 agents saw Cruz and the co-conspirator at the property on Third Street.
During a court authorized wiretap over Cruz’s phone, agents intercepted several calls where Cruz and his father discussed the conditions inside the tunnel. Surveillance showed that the tunnel became operational at that point. There was also a lot of activity in the area, with several tractors taking pallets of boxes.
Two of the other suspects arrested in Calexico, Joel Duarte Medina and Manuel Gallegos Jiminez, were in court Thursday afternoon. They were read their charges but did not enter a plea. They will be back in court next week.