U.S. authorities have discovered a major cross-border tunnel, the latest in a spate of secret passages found to smuggle drugs from Mexico.
“It is clearly the most sophisticated, major tunnel that we have found in the last five years, perhaps ever,” said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego. More details were expected Wednesday.
The tunnel discovered Tuesday links warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana, authorities said.
Mexican soldiers found the entrance on the south side of the border at a Tijuana warehouse after the U.S. opening was discovered. A photo released by U.S. authorities shows a hydraulic lift inside the Tijuana building.
Mexican soldiers guarded the two-story warehouse near the Tijuana airport as darkness fell. The white building had a broken window that was covered with paper and no exterior sign.
The Tijuana warehouse is on the same block as a federal police office and sits next to a packaging company and tortilla distributor.
The discovery comes less than two weeks after U.S. authorities found a 400-yard passage linking warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana, seizing 17 tons of marijuana on both sides of the border. It was equipped with lighting and ventilation.
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