On Monday, authorities announced that they discovered a massive drug smuggling tunnel. It goes from Mexico to a warehouse in an industrial location in San Diego.
Officials say that the tunnel was equipped with rail and ventilation systems, electricity, and walls. It was found close to San Diego’s Otay Mesa border crossing. This is a location where over a dozen other extensive tunnels have been discovered in the last 20 years.
Authorities added that they aren’t sure how long the tunnel has been there. They also aren’t clear about the amount of drugs that have gone through it that weren’t recovered. However, they seized 1,762 pounds of cocaine, 165 pounds of methamphetamine, and 3.5 pounds of heroin in connection to the matter. It’s estimated value was $25 million.
Mario Jaramillo, Adrian Enriquez, Manuel Perez, Juan Cruz, Vanessa Ramirez, and Luz de Luna Olmos have all been charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
The tunnel runs 580 yards to Tijuana. It is about 4 feet wide.
Before California legalized marijuana, pot was mostly seized during these types of smuggling incidents.
However, hard drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl are usually smuggled through official border crossings from Mexico. This is because they are small in size, and they don’t emit odor. Tunnels also allow smugglers to carry out their activies at a higher rate of speed.
The tunnel exited the United States in a warehouse called Amistad Park on a road that is full of semitrailers.
Authorities began watching a residence that was utilized to hide drugs. Then, they started to make trafiic stops of cars that had been there or at a warehouse close to the border. They found many boxes with cocaine inside.
Police then searched the property and located the tunnel’s opening in the floor.