SAN DIEGO (Border Report) – Six people, all residents of the United States, were arrested in connection with the discovery of a contraband tunnel Friday in San Diego and Tijuana.
The cross-border tunnel, which Mexican authorities found first, begins in Tijuana and ends inside a warehouse just east of the Otay Mesa port of entry.
The tunnel is 1,744 feet long and 61 feet deep, Homeland Security Investigations officers said Monday. It measures 4 feet in diameter and has reinforced walls and ventilation, electrical and rail systems.
Inside, investigators found 1,762 pounds of cocaine, 164 pounds of methamphetamine and 3.5 pounds of heroin.
He was discovered Friday by officers monitoring a “known drug stash” in National City, just south of downtown San Diego.
They followed two suspects who left the house in a vehicle and drove to the warehouse.
“While searching the warehouse, officers discovered a sophisticated exit point from the border tunnel dug into the cement floor,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “We allege that our defendants drove into a garage and loaded and dropped cartons full of drugs to further the movement and distribution of drugs in the United States.”
The tunnel is the 91st in the Tijuana-San Diego area and the 272nd tunnel found along the entire border since 1993.
The six suspects were arraigned Monday afternoon in a federal courtroom, all six have pleaded not guilty.