Six people have been arrested on drug charges after US and Mexican authorities discovered a drug smuggling tunnel between the two countries.
US authorities announced Monday that a drug smuggling tunnel approximately 1,744 feet long and 61 feet deep had been found on Friday.
A drug shipment containing 1,762 pounds of cocaine, 165 pounds of meth and 3.5 pounds of heroin was seized in connection with the investigation, which was worth about $25 million on the street.
It wasn’t clear how long the tunnel, which connects the Mexican border city of Tijuana to San Diego, California, was used by drug smugglers.
The tunnel was reportedly found by investigators conducting traffic checks on vehicles passing through San Diego and connecting them to a warehouse with the tunnel.
Authorities said rail and ventilation systems have been installed in the tunnel, as well as electricity and reinforced walls. It was also not far from other similar tunnels found in the past 20 years.
Many of the tunnels have eliminated the need for border walls to stem cross-border drug smuggling.
“There’s no light at the end of this narco tunnel,” Randy Grossman, US Attorney for the Southern District of California, said in a court filing.
“We will take out any underground smuggling routes we find to prevent illegal drugs from reaching our streets and destroying our families and communities.”
The six people arrested ranged in age from 31 to 55 and were all charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. All are residents of Southern California.
Additional coverage from The Associated Press.
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