Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
The unfinished tunnels recently found in Tijuana, which were intended to smuggle narcotics, allegedly belonged to El Chapo and the Sinaloa Cartel. Alfonso Duarte Mujica, the commander of the Second Region Military, stated that Army intelligence was able to successfully identify the owners of the tunnels.
Three tunnels were discovered within a week, two in Tijuana and one near San Luis Colorado. The latest tunnel, discovered on July 12th, was discovered near the Otay Mesa border crossing in Tijuana. The tunnel ran almost 400 yards, 100 of those into the United States.
The Associated Press reported that 40 tons of marijuana was confiscated near the entry way of the tunnel, three people were also apprehended during the raid.
The Otay Mesa warehouse district has been used for narco-tunnels numerous times in recent years. The combination of soft soil and accessible warehouses has made the area ideal for traffickers to build tunnels. Narcotic loads can easily be loaded inside buildings and then access highways headed north.