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U.S. federal agents find border tunnel that connected Mexico home to southern California warehouse

The 1,744 ft long and 61 ft deep tunnel of drug traffickers with a track is being discovered that extends from a Mexican house near the border to a warehouse in Southern California

  • Homeland Security discovered a 1,744-foot-long tunnel connecting a house in Tijuana, Mexico, to a warehouse in Otay Mesa, California
  • The underground passage, which was found Friday, is about 61 feet deep with four feet in diameter
  • It was located about 300 feet north of the United States-Mexico border wall at Otay Mesa
  • The tunnel has a track, walls supported by metal beams, electricity, and a ventilation system
  • It was discovered by Homeland Security Investigations agents who were in charge of a National City residence that was used in March by a criminal gang to store 28 kilograms of smuggled cocaine.
  • Authorities arrested six people and charged them with conspiracy to distribute 1,762 pounds of cocaine

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Federal agents have discovered a tunnel that stretched from a house in the Mexican border town of Tijuana to a southern California warehouse while investigating a local drug smuggling network, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California said Monday.

The underground passage, which was found Friday, is approximately 1,774 feet long and 61 feet deep by four feet in diameter. It was located about 300 feet north of the United States-Mexico border wall at Otay Mesa.

The tunnel has a track, walls supported by metal beams, electricity and a ventilation system.

It was discovered by Homeland Security Investigations agents overseeing a National City residence that was used in March by a criminal gang to store 28 kilograms of smuggled cocaine.

An Homeland Security Investigations agent inspects part of an underground tunnel used by a drug trafficking network to smuggle drugs from a home in Tijuana, Mexico to an Otay Mesa, California warehouse just 300 feet from the border gate. As part of the investigation, authorities arrested six suspects and seized 1,762 pounds of cocaine, 64 pounds of methamphetamine and three and a half pounds of heroin.

The tunnel is estimated to be about 1,744 feet long, 61 feet deep and 4 feet in diameter. The walls are protected by metal beams, it has a rail, electricity and a ventilation system

The tunnel is estimated to be about 1,744 feet long, 61 feet deep and 4 feet in diameter. The walls are protected by metal beams, it has a rail, electricity and a ventilation system

The tunnel is estimated to be about 1,744 feet long, 61 feet deep and 4 feet in diameter. The walls are protected by metal beams, it has a rail, electricity and a ventilation system

Federal and state agents are inspecting the Otay Mesa, California, where an underground tunnel was discovered Friday. The passage was linked to a stay in Tijuana, Mexico, where members of a drug trafficking organization were preparing drugs that were shipped via the tunnel's railroads.

Federal and state agents are inspecting the Otay Mesa, California, where an underground tunnel was discovered Friday. The passage was linked to a stay in Tijuana, Mexico, where members of a drug trafficking organization were preparing drugs that were shipped via the tunnel's railroads.

Federal and state agents are inspecting the Otay Mesa, California, where an underground tunnel was discovered Friday. The passage was linked to a stay in Tijuana, Mexico, where members of a drug trafficking organization were preparing drugs that were shipped via the tunnel’s railroads.

The entrance / exit of a tunnel found under a warehouse in Otay Mesa, California that was connected to a house in Tijuana, Mexico and was used to smuggle drugs into the US

The entrance / exit of a tunnel found under a warehouse in Otay Mesa, California that was connected to a house in Tijuana, Mexico and was used to smuggle drugs into the US

The entrance / exit of a tunnel found under a warehouse in Otay Mesa, California that was connected to a house in Tijuana, Mexico and was used to smuggle drugs into the US

Officials saw Luz de Luna Olmos and Vanessa Ramirez, both from San Diego, driving from the home in a pickup truck at 9:45 a.m. Friday and stopping at a Harbor Freight Tools store where they were retrieving cardboard boxes from a dumpster. . They then went into the store and bought wheelbarrows that are normally used to transport heavy items.

The suspects returned to the residence and carried the boxes inside. Olmos left the residence at about 1:20 p.m. and was visiting a Walmart store when she bought extra boxes.

Ramirez left home an hour later and drove to the warehouse in San Diego. She left the warehouse at about 4.40pm and went back to the residence when the agents followed in her footsteps.

Agents from Homeland Security Investigations ended up stopping five cars that came and went from the house, warehouse or both, and took drug shipments from the cars and the residence.

Since 1993, at least 90 tunnels have been found in the Southern District of California

Since 1993, at least 90 tunnels have been found in the Southern District of California

Since 1993, at least 90 tunnels have been found in the Southern District of California

The Department of Justice said Homeland Security Investigations agents were able to discover the Otay Mesa tunnel Friday after midnight because of the surveillance they had carried out on a National City residence that was used in March to store 28 kilos of cocaine .

The Department of Justice said Homeland Security Investigations agents were able to discover the Otay Mesa tunnel Friday after midnight because of the surveillance they had carried out on a National City residence that was used in March to store 28 kilos of cocaine .

The Department of Justice said Homeland Security Investigations agents were able to discover the Otay Mesa tunnel Friday after midnight because of the surveillance they had carried out on a National City residence that was used in March to store 28 kilos of cocaine .

The agents then searched the warehouse and discovered the secret tunnel.

Authorities recovered another 1,762 pounds of cocaine, 164 pounds of methamphetamine, and three and a half pounds of heroin.

Mario Jaramillo of Huntington Beach; Adrian Enriquez of Perris, California; Juan Cruz of San Ysidro; and Vanessa Ramirez, Luz de Luna Olmos and Manuel Perez of San Diego were arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute 1,762 pounds of cocaine.

Olmos and Ramirez were also accused of trafficking in methamphetamine and heroin.

Each suspect was scheduled to appear in court Monday for her arraignments.

Since 1993, at least 90 tunnels have been found in the Southern District of California. The last underground passage was discovered in March 2020.

“There is no more light at the end of this narco tunnel,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “We will take down every underground smuggling route we find to prevent illegal drugs from reaching our streets and destroying our families and communities.”

The Otay Mesa, California Tunnel is the first to be discovered since March 2020 by federal agents in the Southern District of California

The Otay Mesa, California Tunnel is the first to be discovered since March 2020 by federal agents in the Southern District of California

The Otay Mesa, California Tunnel is the first to be discovered since March 2020 by federal agents in the Southern District of California

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