Two drug tunnels found in South Bay

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Over the past four days, members of the San Diego
Tunnel Task Force have unearthed two sophisticated smuggling tunnels linking
Otay Mesa to Tijuana, leading to the arrest of a 73-year-old Chula Vista woman,
authorities announced Friday.

The woman, whose name was withheld, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion
of overseeing logistics for one of the two tunnel operations, according to U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She is charged in a criminal complaint
with conspiring with others to maintain a drug-involved premises, an ICE
statement said.

The first tunnel was found Tuesday with an exit point inside a warehouse
filled with children's toys and televisions at 10145 Via De La Amistad.
Authorities said it is 600 yards long and has a 70-foot shaft secured by a
cement cover.

The second tunnel was found Thursday morning with help from Mexican
officials who tracked leads generated from Tuesday's tunnel discovery,
authorities said, adding that the second tunnel is more sophisticated than the
first and has an exit point inside a warehouse at 10005 Marconi Drive. That's
about 800 feet from the first tunnel on Via De La Amistad.

The second tunnel was described as stretching 700 yards and being
equipped with a multi-tiered electric rail system and an array of ventilation
equipment.

The two tunnels are the sixth and seventh cross-border passageways
discovered in the San Diego area in less than four years.

“Here we are again, foiling cartel plans to sneak millions of dollars
of illegal drugs through secret passageways that cost millions of dollars to
build,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. “Going underground is not a good
business plan. We have promised to locate these super tunnels and keep powerful
drug cartels from taking their business underground and out of sight, and once
again, we have delivered on that promise.”

No drugs were seized in connection with this week's tunnel busts, but
more than 100 tons of narcotics associated with tunnels have been seized by
authorities in the last four years.

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