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US Tunnel Task Force Discover Tunnel, Drug Lord El Chapo Definitely On The Fast Track

U.S. authorities on Thursday found a sophisticated tunnel used to smuggle drugs between Mexico and San Diego, the second such discovery in the region in less than a month.

The half-mile passage runs from a residence in Tijuana to a warehouse in San Diego’s Otay Mesa area, the San Diego Tunnel Task Force said in a statement.

The statement said authorities believed more marijuana was being stored inside the tunnel. Agents were working with the Mexican military on the investigation.

Mike Unzueta, head of investigations at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego, said the cinderblock-lined entry to the tunnel dropped 80 to 90 feet to a wood-lined floor.

From the U.S. side, there was a stairway leading to a room about 50 feet underground that was full of marijuana.

Mr Unzueta said: ‘It’s a lot like how the ancient Egyptians buried the kings and queens.’

Authorities seized more than 20 tons of marijuana, and Mr Unzueta said the tunnel – and another found in early November – are the work of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, headed by the country’s most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

 Upon further exploration, authorities were impressed when they discovered a  sophisticated Fastrak toll system in place.


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