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News Release[print-friendly page]
January 26, 2006
Contact: DEA Public Affairs

Boxes of marijuana seized in the tunnel.
Boxes of marijuana seized in the tunnel.
Inside the tunnel
Inside the tunnel
Looking down from the entrance of the tunnel
Looking down from the entrance of the tunnel
Inside the tunnel
Inside the tunnel

DEA/ICE Uncover "Massive" Cross-Border Drug Tunnel
Cement lined passage thought to link warehouses in Tijuana and Otay Mesa

JAN 26--(SAN DIEGO)- The investigation continues today into what is believed to be one of the largest and most sophisticated cross-border tunnels ever discovered along the California-Mexico border.

The tunnel discovery was confirmed last night by representatives from the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, which is made up of agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol.

Authorities believe the passageways originates under a warehouse approximately 150 yards south of the border in Tijuana and surfaces about a half-mile north of the border in a warehouse near Siempre Viva Road and Avenida Costa Brava.

Based on leads provided by the Task Force, federal police in Mexico obtained a warrant last night to search the Tijuana warehouse. Beneath the warehouse, the police discovered a six by twelve foot shaft equipped with electricity and a ventilation system. According to Mexican authorities, the tunnel contained more than two tons of marijuana, stacked in bales.

The tunnel discovery is the result of a joint investigation by the Tunnel Task Force. The Task Force is using an array of high-tech equipment and intelligence information to pinpoint the locations of underground passageways along the border in the region. Since 9/11, federal authorities have discovered more that 20 cross-border tunnels along the U.S.-Mexico border in California and Arizona.

Aerial view of tunnel location.

Aerial Photo of U.S.-Mexico Tunnel
(Click image above to view full-size photo)

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