Authorities Discover Largest US-Mexico Drug Tunnel

A cross-border tunnel connecting warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico was discovered on Wednesday.  The 2,400 feet long was well lit, ventilated and even had a rail system to transport drugs between America and Mexico.  

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Authorities seized 12 tons of marijuana and arrested 22 people in the tunnel.  Simultaneously, police stings on Wednesday resulted in six arrests in San Diego and 16 in Mexico - finding two tons of marijuana in the U.S. and 10 tons in Mexico.  A sting was put in place after an undercover agent for U.S. Homeland Security Investigations agreed to provide the drug smugglers with drivers and use of a warehouse in exchange for a $10,000 payment for each truckload of drugs moved, according to a probable cause statement.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said, "We see a super tunnel open for business once every year or so.  Just when they think they're ready to move, we put it out of business." While t was unclear who organized the drug trafficking operation, the region is mostly controlled by the Sinaloa cartel, whose leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, recently escaped from a maximum-security prison in Mexico through a tunnel.