Authorities have uncovered a complex drug smuggling tunnel with a rail system and electricity US-Mexico Border California.
According to federal officials, the one-third mile long tunnel is connected Tijuana In a nearby warehouse Mesa in San Diego Border
The tunnel is 61 feet deep and 4 feet wide, with ventilation system and strong walls.
A total of 1,762 pounds of cocaine, 164 pounds of meth and 3.5 pounds of heroin were recovered from the bust.
Authorities have charged six suspects with cocaine trafficking, two of whom have been charged with trafficking meth and heroin.
Authorities discovered the tunnel after pulling in oncoming vehicles from homes and warehouses. Prosecutors say a box of drugs was found during a traffic stop.
According to federal prosecutors, when authorities raided the facility, they found no other drugs, but they did see a tunnel hole in the cement floor.
“There is no light at the end of this narco-tunnel,” said the U.S. attorney Randy Grossman. “We will remove every underground smuggling route we find to prevent illegal drugs from reaching our streets and destroying our families and communities.”
It is not clear how long the route has been used, but drug traffickers often use tunnels to transport drugs.
Homeland Securities Investigation San Diego Special Agent In charge Chad Plantage “Throughout the year, the San Diego law enforcement community has consistently demonstrated its ability to identify and rehabilitate tunnels and bring those responsible to justice,” a statement said.
The United States announced in January 2020 that it had opened the world’s longest-known drug tunnel, which ran three-quarters of a mile between Tijuana and San Diego. According to US Customs and Border Protection, the tunnel had a rail system and a lift.