Eight suspects are in custody on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and more than 20 tons of marijuana have been seized following the San Diego Tunnel Task Force’s discovery Thursday of a cross-border passageway even more sophisticated than a similar tunnel uncovered in the area less than three weeks ago.
Unlike previous area tunnels, the nearly half-mile long passageway had two U.S. entrances located in warehouses about 800 feet apart in the Otay Mesa industrial complex in southern San Diego. The tunnel, which reached an estimated depth of 90 feet, emerged in Tijuana, Mexico, inside a stucco residence outfitted with a garage large enough to accommodate deliveries by tractor trailer trucks. Inside, the tunnel’s walls were fortified with wood and cinderblock supports and the passageway was equipped with advanced rail, electrical and ventilation systems.
The tunnel was located Thursday morning after task force agents conducting surveillance in the area observed suspicious activity involving a tractor trailer truck. There, Border Patrol agents stopped the vehicle and a search of the truck’s trailer revealed more than 27,600 pounds of marijuana.