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Mexico-California Tunnel Busted in San Diego Could Be Longest Ever

Mexico-California Tunnel Busted in San Diego Could Be Longest Ever
Border Patrol Special Operations Supervisor Cesar Sotelo looks on in front of the entrance to a tunnel leading to Mexico from a lot along the border, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in San Diego. Officials announced the recent discovery of the nearly half-mile-long tunnel Wednesday, along with seizure of more than a ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana was seized. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

By    |   Thursday, 21 April 2016 04:19 PM

A Mexico-California border tunnel used for drug smuggling, reported to be the length of eight football fields, is believed to be the longest cross-border tunnel ever found by law enforcement.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego said in a Wednesday statement that sheriff's deputies confiscated 2,242 pounds of cocaine and 11,030 pounds of marijuana in connection with the discovery of the tunnel earlier this month.

The tunnel was estimated to be longer than 800 yards and zig-zagged from the Otay Mesa industrial park in San Diego, about 500 yards north of the California-Mexico border, to a home in Tijuana, Mexico. The tunnel had rail and ventilation systems, lighting, and a large elevator found in the Tijuana residence.

Last month, authorities discovered a tunnel in Calexico, California, 120 miles east of San Diego, which ended in the living room of a three-bedroom home, reported KNSD-TV. That tunnel extended more than 400 yards into a restaurant in Mexicali, Mexico.

"On the surface, few would ever suspect that traffickers were moving multi-ton quantities of cocaine and marijuana worth tens of millions of dollars in such an unassuming way, through this rabbit hole in the ground, in full view of the world around it," U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said in a statement about the latest tunnel, which agents first detected on April 12.

"However, we can thank the hyper-vigilant agents who work this area for seeing what many of us would have missed. They don't judge a book by its cover. Whether a grandiose super tunnel or a humble rabbit hole, they home in and are prepared to take whatever action is necessary to secure our border," Duffy added.

The tunnel is the 13th large-scale tunnel found since 2006 that is believed to be used for smuggling drugs. Law enforcement has found more than 75 cross-border tunnels in the last five years, the majority of them in California and Arizona.

Martiniano Garcia-Sedano, Cruz Armando Parra Corrales, and Alejandro Bravo were arrested and charged with conspiracy to import cocaine and marijuana, and conspiracy to use a border tunnel. Juan Carlos Chavez Fabian, Alejandro Gomez-Baez, and Osmel Martinez were also charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana.

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