Federal authorities discovered a tunnel linking drug warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana that led to the seizure of more than 25 tons of marijuana, one of the largest-ever drug seizures in San Diego, officials said.
The 1,800-foot transnational passageway — roughly equivalent to six football fields in length — isn’t the longest or the most sophisticated ever built, but it is one of the few instances in which authorities were able to seize drugs on both sides of the border.
The scale of the operation pointed to the work of a major Mexican drug cartel, authorities said, and comes two weeks after Mexican authorities discovered a record 134 tons of marijuana in an industrial area near Tijuana. Officials don’t know if there is a connection between the two events, but called this week’s discovery another significant blow against organized crime groups.
Authorities estimated the drugs’ worth at more than $20 million.