Agents continue search of cross-border drug tunnel in Otay Mesa

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OTAY MESA, Calif.  — Federal agents were back at it again Friday at a business park in Otay Mesa, the spot believed to be connected to a newly discovered drug tunnel.

One nearby businessman said he’s not surprised.

“There’s nothing we can do about it and it’s nothing new in the area,” said Humberto Verdugo with a direct import warehouse in the business park.

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, five tons of marijuana were located in the tunnel. ICE and Homeland Security later confirmed the tunnel’s entrance at a Mexican business about a mile away near the Tijuana airport. On Thursday, investigators cut through a garage entrance and smashed a glass door on the U.S. side. On Friday, agents and the Sheriff’s office backed up their vehicles into that same garage and then took off.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also said no federal charges were filed in connection with the seizure of the tunnel.

Meanwhile, business in the area went about their day as normal, but are reminded about the tunnel discovered just six months ago, which was used to transport cocaine and marijuana.

“We really don’t know what my neighbors do. What he does we don’t know. You keep doing your business and you don’t mess around with anybody, you’ll be fine,” said Verdugo.

The investigation is ongoing.

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