SAN DIEGO, Nov. 30 (UPI) — A record seizure of more than 32 tons of marijuana was found in a tunnel linking warehouses in Mexico and California, U.S. authorities announced Wednesday.
“This is the largest seizure associated with a tunnel investigation on the California-Mexico border,” Special Agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego Derek Benner told The San Diego Union Tribune. The tunnel “is the most elaborate and sophisticated that we’ve ever seen on the California-Mexico border.”
Authorities discovered the tunnel, measuring 625 yards, Tuesday inside a San Diego warehouse. The Mexican side of the tunnel comes above ground at a warehouse near the A.L. Rodriguez International Airport in Tijuana.
“It’s one of the most sophisticated tunnels we’ve ever discovered,” said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “It’s got a number of features that were used to facilitate the smuggling.”
Authorities found an elevator, ventilation and an electric rail system to transport the marijuana inside the tunnel. Mexican military authorities said the tunnel measured 1.3 yards wide and 1.5 yards wide and was high enough to allow an adult to stand upright in some spots.