San Diego Law Enforcement Discovers 'Sophisticated' Drug Tunnel

| by Emily Smith

Law enforcement discovered a large drug trafficking tunnel linking Tijuana to San Diego Thursday, the eighth such tunnel found since 2006.

The tunnel included ventilation, electrical lighting and a railway system for easy mobility. Eight tons of marijuana and 300 pounds of cocaine were found inside the tunnel.

The tunnel itself is so sophisticated that officials have called it a “super tunnel.”

The tunnel, which lies 35 feet below the surface, linked two warehouses that were not in use prior to the bust. Three men have been arrested in connection to the warehouse and its connecting tunnel.

“If you continue to build and attempt to use these tunnels,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy, “we are determined to make this a big waste of your dirty money.”

Authorities reported that discovering cocaine in the tunnel was a first for San Diego area tunnels.

“We’re seeing them try to move cocaine through ultra-lights into the desert, which we’ve never seen before,” said Drug Enforcement Authority agent William Sherman. “And those are simply acts of desperation.”

Authorities discovered the first tunnel in 2006 when a truck found with marijuana inside led them to the remaining stash in a connected warehouse. The warehouse was one end of the first tunnel.

Sources: The Atlantic Wire, CNN