Federal agents have busted a massive tunnel stretching under the U.S – Mexico border – seizing almost 3,000 pounds of marijuana.
The underground network – which spanned the length of more than four football fields – was discovered after a 16 month investigation, reports NY Daily.
It stretched between Mexicali, Mexico, and Calexico, California and had entrances at a restaurant in Mexico and a newly built house in California.
Officials had been watching the home since construction began in 2015 and finally arrested the home’s owners Manuela Duarte-Medina and her mother, Eva Duarte De Medina as well as Joel Duarte Medina, Manuel Gallegos Jiminez last week.
Authorities claim this is the first time drug traffickers have bought property in the U.S specifically for concealing a drug tunnel.
Displaying a sense of humour, U.S attorney Laura Duffey said:
For the builders, the financiers and the operators of these passageways, there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
We will seize your drugs and your tunnel before you even have a chance to use it.
According to ABC, the Great Escape style tunnel was 32 feet below ground and was fully equipped with lighting, electricity and a rail system that lead to an opening at the front of the California home.
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