US agents find major Mexico drug tunnel covered by bin in California

4/20/2016 The Guardian

drug_war_02US agents have uncovered a narrow cross-border tunnel complete with rail system that was used to transport tonnes of cocaine and marijuana from Mexico to an exit covered by a trash bin in California.

US authorities said on Wednesday the tunnel that ran 800 metres (874 yards) from a house in Tijuana was equipped with a large elevator to a lot in San Diego which was advertised as a wooden pallet business. The discovery resulted in the seizure of more than a tonne of cocaine and seven tonnes of marijuana.

It was the 13th sophisticated secret passage found along California’s border withMexico since 2006, including three on the same short street in San Diego that runs parallel to a border fence with a densely populated residential area on the Mexican side. The unusually narrow tunnel was only about one metre (3ft) wide, equipped with a rail system, lighting and ventilation.

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