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Mexican police uncover secret drug tunnel used by ‘El Chapo’s’ cartel

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The 800-meter passageway linked Tijuana, on the Mexican side, with San Diego, California

Mexican police have discovered an elaborate tunnel used to transport drugs from Mexico to the United States that they believed was dug byJoaquín El Chapo Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel.

The 800-meter passageway runs from a site in Tijuana, on the Mexican side, and surfaces in a house in San Diego, California in the United States. The structure where the tunnel ends in the US has only been partially built.

Sixteen men between the ages of 21 and 50 worked at the site. They told Mexican authorities that they were operating on behalf of “a criminal organization” from Jalisco. But officials doubted their story because all of the men, except for one, are from Sinaloa – Guzmán’s home state.

Anonymous sources have told Reuters that the tunnel was indeed the work of the Sinaloa cartel.

Mexican authorities – who were tipped off by US Homeland Security officials, according to AP – also said they confiscated around 10 tons of marijuana in connection with the investigation.

This is the second time that police have found an underground tunnel between Mexico and the United States since El Chapo escaped from a maximum security prison on July 11 using a similar secret 1.5-kilometer passageway dug underneath his jail cell.