Major drug tunnel found on US-Mexico border in California

Major drug tunnel found on US-Mexico border in California

SAN DIEGO (AP) – U.S. authorities say 12 tons of marijuana have been seized and 22 people arrested in connection with a cross-border tunnel to Mexico that runs the length of eight football fields.

The U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego said Thursday that the passage connecting warehouses in Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego was lit, ventilated and equipped with a rail system.

Six people were arrested in the U.S. and 16 in Mexico following raids on Wednesday. Two tons of marijuana were seized in the U.S. and 10 in Mexico.

U.S. authorities say smugglers moved the first load of drugs on Wednesday and that they are confident nothing got through undetected.

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations began investigating in May.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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