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Federal agents discovered what they called a sophisticated tunnel that goes from a warehouse in Tijuana to a warehouse in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego. It reportedly goes more than 2,000 feet underground.
The tunnel was discovered in a joint effort from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Attorney General’s Office.
When authorities discovered the tunnel they seized almost $30 million in drugs from the warehouses. There was 1300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of meth, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana and 2 pounds of fentanyl
Based off of the construction of the tunnel it is believed that it is several months old. The tunnel has reinforced walls, ventilation, lighting and an underground rail system. The discovery of this tunnel comes just a few months after authorities had discovered a 4,309 foot tunnel also leading from Tijuana to San Diego.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic DEA agents continue to work diligently to protect and serve the community.
“I hope this sends a clear message that despite the ongoing public health crisis, [Homeland Security Investigations] and our law enforcement partners will remain resilient and continue to pursue criminal organizations responsible for the cross-border smuggling of narcotics into the United States,”
– Cardell T. Morant Homeland Security Investigations San Diego acting special agent
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