‘Sophisticated’ Cross-Border Drug Trafficking Tunnel Discovered in Southern California

A federal drug investigation led to the discovery of a “sophisticated” cross-border tunnel in Otay Mesa, California, shortly after midnight on Friday, May 13, according to officials. The underground tunnel stretched about a third of a mile, from Tijuana, Mexico, to a warehouse in Otay Mesa, just east of the Port of Entry, the Southern California District Attorney’s office said in a news release. The news release said the tunnel was estimated to be approximately 1,744 feet long, 61 feet deep and four feet in diameter, with reinforced walls, a rail system, electricity and a ventilation system. Video shot by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows San Diego Homeland Security Investigations and Costa Pacifica Money Laundering Task Force personnel conducting an investigation in the tunnel on May 16. Six people were charged with conspiring to distribute 1,762 pounds of cocaine, according to the news release. Authorities also seized 164 pounds of methamphetamine and 3.5 pounds of heroin. Credit: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Storyful

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