Luyện Nghe VOA: Drug Traffickers Dig Tunnel Into US

The United States and Mexico (1)__________________________ a long tunnel used to smuggle drugs into the U.S.
They said the tunnel (2)_____________________ in Mexicali,Mexico and ended about 365 meters away in a new,three-bedroom home in Calexico, California. Calexico is a small city about (3)_____________________ of San Diego. About 40,000 people live there.
American officials say (4)___________________ bought land in Calexico for $240,000 in April 2015. They spent $86,000 to build the house, which was completed in December.
The (5)_______________ about the tunnel was made after police arrested four people in the U.S. and two in Mexico. Two (6)_________________ in Arizona,including a person who reportedly bought the property in Calexico.
Police seized 1,350 pounds of marijuana in West Covina, near Los Angeles. Officials say the traffickers began (7)____________________ through the tunnel February 28. Officials say they began watching the criminals when they started (8)__________________.
Laura Duffy is the U.S. Attorney for the (9)___________________ of California. She said “this house and this tunnel (10)___________________ under the watchful eye of law enforcement. For the builders, (11)____________________ and the operators of these passageways, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. We will (12)________________ and your tunnel before you even have a chance to use it.”
Officials say this is the first time they have discovered a completed tunnel in Calexico in 10 years. They say (13)_____________________ usually do not build tunnels into the city because the soil is hard.
Officials say the drug gangs prefer to (14)_______________ near San Diego. The clay-like soil there is easier to dig. And the area is near the Mexico border and has (15)___________________ buildings where drug gangs can store drugs.
More than 75 tunnels (16)__________________ in the past five years, mostly in California and Arizona. Many of them were not complete. The tunnel between Mexicali and Calexico was the 12th completed tunnel that American (17)________________ have found along California’s border with Mexico since 2006.
Officials say the Sinaloa drug group in Mexico has for many years (18)_________________ trafficking along the border of California’s Imperial Valley.Long, well-built roads, called (19)_______________________, let the traffickers easily transport drugs from the Valley to Los Angeles, California and Phoenix,Arizona.
The drug group has been led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. He (20)___________________ a prison in Mexico through a tunnel in July. He (21)_________________ in January.
I’m Christopher Jones-Cruise.
Christopher Jones-Cruise adapted this story in VOA Learning English fromreports by the Associated Press and Reuters news agencies. Kathleen Struck was the editor.
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Words in This Story

tunnel - n. an underground passageway
smuggle - v. to illegally transport drugs or people
drug traffickers - n. criminals who transport illegal drugs
financier - n. a person or group that provides money for projects
light at the end of the tunnel - expression ​hope of success, happiness or help after a long period of difficulty; sign of improvement in a situation that has been bad for a long time
prefer - v. to like (someone or something) better than someone or something else
clay - n. heavy, sticky dirt or earth

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