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Oct 31, 2013

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CBS News

SAN DIEGO A sophisticated border tunnel was discovered connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, U.S. authorities said, the latest find by investigators who have encountered a number of secret passages in recent years used for drug smuggling. Three suspected drug runners for a Mexican organized crime cartel were arrested Thursday, CBS affiliate KFMB San Diego reported — and about $12 million worth of marijuana and cocaine were seized, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In a press statement, John Sandweg, acting director for ICE, said: “Once again, we’ve succeeded in taking down a smuggling tunnel before it was fully operational. This action is another huge setback for the Mexican cartels, which invest vast amounts of time and money to build them. These criminal organizations should not mistakenly believe tunnels will be their ticket to success.”

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said the same statement: “The cartels have spent years and tens of millions of dollars trying in vain to create an underworld of secret passageways to move huge quantities of drugs at will. We have a message for the builders, financiers and operators of these sophisticated tunnels: if you continue to go underground, you will find your world collapsing around you.”

According to ICE, it marked the first time cocaine was recovered that was linked to a drug tunnel in the San Diego area. About 325 pounds of cocaine were seized along with 17,292 pounds of marijuana. ICE also said the tunnel, which had an electric rail system, lighting and ventilation, was recently completed.

The tunnel was shut down Wednesday night, before any drugs made it through undetected, authorities said. Federal agents had the San Diego warehouse under surveillance after being tipped off by an informant.

Mexican news organizations published photos that show a deep, well-built tunnel near Tijuana’s main airport.

As U.S. border security has heightened on land, Mexican drug cartels have turned to ultralight aircraft, small fishing boats and tunnels. More than 75 underground passages have been discovered along the border since 2008, designed largely to smuggle marijuana.

The tunnels are concentrated along the border in California and Arizona.

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