Feds find tunnel at California-Mexico border

Feds find tunnel at California-Mexico border
Federal officer processes material from Calexico tunnel drug bust on 23 Mar 2016. (Image: ICE)

[Ed. – This one’s in an unusual spot, in the desert south of Imperial Valley.  Most of the tunnels are in the San Diego area.]

A cross-border drug tunnel connecting a Mexican restaurant in Mexicali to a house in Calexico was seized Wednesday morning, federal officials said.

The investigation led to the confiscation of more than a ton of marijuana and the arrests of four people in Calexico and Arizona.

The 415-yard tunnel begins at El Sarape Restaurant in Mexicali and ends at a new home on Third Street in Calexico, about 300 yards from the border. Agents found the tunnel exit at the house covered with tile.

It is the first time drug traffickers are known to have scouted and purchased a piece of land to construct a house on for the sole purpose of concealing a drug tunnel, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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