Absolutely Shocking: A 600 Yard Drug Supertunnel With 8,000 Pounds Of Weed And Over 300 Pounds Of Coke Was Seized

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The New York Times reported on a drug supertunnel that ran 600 yards into San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico.  The tunnel took around one year to complete.

AP Photo/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Paul Caffrey

A ladder was used at a warehouse in Tijuana in order to enter the drug tunnel.  Warehouses are common “fronts” for drug cartels to use.

The tunnel was shut down before the large consignment of narcotics could reach U.S. markets, delivering a blow for the cartel, said Derek Benner , a Homeland Security agent in San Diego.

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A ladder at the entrance to the cross border tunnel located underneath a warehouse in Tijuana.Stringer/Mexico / Reuters

Drug smuggling operations use the cover offered by warehouse districts on both sides of the border. However, no more drug tunnels are known to currently be in operation in the San Diego area, said authorities.

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Mexican army soldiers guard the entrance to the warehouse where the tunnel was found in Tijuana, Mexico. AP Photo/Alex Cossio

Federal agents found eight thousand pounds of marijuana and over 300 pounds of cocaine in the supertunnel.

AP Photo/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Paul Caffrey

The tunnel was the fifth such large-scale tunnel discovered in San Diego since 2010, said authorities. Smuggling along this part of the border has been controlled by the Sinaloa drug cartel since 2006.

AP Photo/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Paul Caffrey

This is the first time cocaine was seized in a tunnel operation of this kind, according to authorities.

AP Photo/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Paul Caffrey

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