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How drug cartels attack the border and win: A 3 News Now Investigation

Posted at 6:46 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 14:16:46-04

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KMTV) — This is part two of a four-part series on drugs and the border. 3 News Now Investigator Jeff Van Sant traveled to San Diego, California, in February, before the pandemic.

It may be less busy because of a pandemic now, but in February, the San Ysidro border crossing was bustling.

From the sky above the southwest border in San Diego, you can see a vast and rugged landscape and the picturesque coast.

U.S. Border Patrol told 3 News Now it's perfect for smuggling drugs.

"The cartels seem like they have an endless supply of money," said Steve Bell of the Omaha Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration. "And they have nothing but time, and they come up with really innovative ways to get their product into the country."

3 News Now Investigators visited San Ysidro in February, the largest port of entry crossing in the U.S. Each day, more than 70,000 cars and 20,000 people on foot cross from Tijuana into San Diego.

For more, watch the video above, and watch part one here.