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.
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.