4:32 a.m., May 22
Details on the underground drug tunnels which connected Tijuana to San Diego have emerged as the man who was in charge of the operation is facing prosecution in the San Diego federal courthouse. Jose Sanchez Villalobos, who was apprehended in January, is currently in federal custody in San Diego after the Mexican army captured him in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
The federal indictment, which was available unsealed on Wednesday, states how the Sinaloa cartel allowed other criminal groups to use the tunnels for a fee. It is believed that the other groups, especially the Arellano-Félix Organization, took advantage of the opportunity to use the sophisticated tunnels to move massive amounts of narcotics.
According to the Associated Press, over 70 drug smuggling tunnels have been found along the border since October of 2008. The vast majority of these are found near San Diego and Nogales, Arizona.