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US unearths sophisticated border drug tunnels

Published on Apr 5, 2014 6:20 AM
 
A law enforcement officer enters a drug tunnel found in a warehouse in Otay Mesa, California on April 3, 2014, in this handout photo released to Reuters on April 4, 2014. US investigators said on Friday they have uncovered two sophisticated drug tunnels under the border with Mexico and arrested a 73-year-old woman in connection with one of them. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US investigators said on Friday they have uncovered two sophisticated drug tunnels under the border with Mexico and arrested a 73-year-old woman in connection with one of them.

The tunnels, which are up to 650 metres long and one of which had an electric rail system and ventilation equipment, are the sixth and seventh underground passages found near San Diego in the last four years.

The tunnels are used by organized crime groups to traffick drugs and people into the United States.

"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 US Attorney Laura Duffy.

 
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