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Drug Tunnel With Rail System Found At US Border
Police have found two drug tunnels running under the US-Mexico border - one with a crude rail system.
The entrance to the first shaft - measuring one metre wide and 550 metres long - was hidden in a warehouse filled with toys in Tijuana, Mexico.
The exit hatch was concealed under a concrete floor in a warehouse in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego.
A 73-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly using the tunnel to traffick drugs and people into California, said the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
Two days later, investigators uncovered a second, more sophisticated tunnel nearby, "equipped with a multi-tiered electric rail system and an array of ventilation equipment".
The 650-metre-long passage again connected a warehouse in Tijuana and another in San Diego.
Drug Enforcement Administration special agent William Sherman said: "Once again, we have eliminated a multi-million-dollar drug-smuggling venture and have reduced it to nothing more than a colossal waste of money on the part of the drug cartels.
"Our goal is to not only shut these tunnels down before they become operational, but to ensure that the cartels backing these elaborate smuggling operations are investigated and prosecuted."
The tunnels were the sixth and seventh found in the San Diego area in less than four years, ICE said.
"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," US attorney Laura Duffy said in a statement.
"Going underground is not a good business plan."