Border agents seize tons of drugs from longest California-Mexico border tunnel yet

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Tons of cocaine and marijuana were seized when authorities found a tunnel that stretched across the border of San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico on Wednesday.

A total of seven tons of marijuana and more than a ton of cocaine were recovered during an investigation of the 3-foot-wide drug tunnel, which was fitted with lights and a ventilation system. The tunnel zig-zagged across the border from a home in Tijuana to a commercial lot in San Diego for approximately 874 yards, or the length of more than seven American football fields, reported ABC News.

According to a statement by Laura Duffy, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California, at the Mexico side entrance of the tunnel was an elevator that could hold between eight or 10 people. The elevator was located in the closet of the Tijuana home, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Investigations first began in 2015 when U.S. Border Patrol agents became suspicious of heavy traffic near a lot selling wooden pallets in San Diego. In mid-April, agents stopped a truck leaving the lot and confiscated thousands of pounds of cocaine and marijuana. The seizure led to an investigation of the lot itself and authorities then discovered the other entrance to the border tunnel under a large dumpster.

Six people involved were arrested in the San Diego area last Friday on drug and tunnel-related charges, including one American citizen.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Lot in San Diego that served as a tunnel entrance
2. Tunnel was 10 feet deep before it arrived at a horizontal tunnel three feet wide
3. The tunnel zig-zagged for the length of more than seven football fields
4. Tunnel contained a large elevator
5. Elevator goes into a home in Tijuana

VOICEOVER (in English):

“Within a fenced lot in San Diego where wooden pallets were sold, authorities discovered an entrance to a long border tunnel under a large dumpster.”

“A 10-foot descent from this entrance of the tunnel connected to the main passageway, which was about three feet across.”

“The tunnel, fitted with lights and ventilation, zig-zagged for approximately 874 yards, or the length of more than seven football fields.”

“At the other side of the tunnel was a large elevator that reportedly could hold between eight to 10 people.”

“The elevator was located in the closet of a home in Tijuana, Mexico.”

SOURCES: ABC News, The San Diego Union-Tribune, ABC7, Reuters
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/800-yard-long-drug-tunnel-found-mexico-san-38547413
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/apr/20/cross-border-tunnel-otay-mesa/
http://abc7.com/news/800-yard-long-drug-tunnel-found-connecting-tijuana-san-diego/1301149/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-mexico-tunnel-idUSKCN0XH2VN