The tunnel, which is equipped with lighting, ventilation and an electric rail system, is 35 feet deep, four feet tall, three feet wide and nearly 1,800 feet long. Authorities believe that the tunnel was built by the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel.
U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said that three people have been arrested in connection with the tunnel and that investigators have seized more than eight tons of marijuana and 325 pounds of cocaine. The street value of the drugs is estimated to be nearly $12 million.
"If you continue to build and attempt to use these tunnels, we are determined to make this a big waste of your dirty money," Duffy said. "Not only will we take your drugs and shut down your tunnels before you even get an opportunity to use them, but we're now in a position where we're going after your management."
The San Diego Tunnel Task Force discovered the super tunnel, but it’s not the first one that they have found.
"It was just two years ago, November 2011, that we discovered and shut down two elaborate super tunnels like the one here today," Duffy said. "And at the time we did so, we stood before you and we warned the cartels directly. If you build them, we're going find them, and if we find them, we're going to destroy them. Today, we again make good on that promise."
Forbes estimated that the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, is worth $1 billion and recently placed him at No. 67 in its list of most powerful people.
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