Federal officials announced today (April 20) that they made arrests related to what is believed to be the longest cross-border drug transportation tunnel (800 yards in length), stretching from a house in Tijuana to a commercial lot in an Otay Mesa industrial park.
Following an investigation that began on April 12, authorities seized 2242 pounds of cocaine and more than 14,000 pounds of marijuana. The cocaine stash is believed to be the largest ever seized from a tunnel.
Six men (believed to be of Mexican descent, judging by their last names) were arrested and charged on April 15. The news release from the United States Attorney's office did not give the name of the industrial park. Thus far, the Reader has not been able to reach officials who know.
The tunnel was equipped with lights, rail and ventilation systems, and an elevator that goes from the tunnel to a closet in the Tijuana home. The exit in the industrial park was covered with a large-sized industrial dumpster.
A cautious system of transferring the product from truck to truck was employed, including the use of a tarp so as to conceal exactly what was going on as the transfers were made. San Diego County sheriff's deputies stopped a truck carrying most of the drugs on April 13, which is when the scheme unravelled for the traffickers.
A news release offered a gallery of photos of the seizure.