The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that federal authorities discovered a suspected cross-border drug tunnel in Tecate, 40 miles east of San Diego, Monday after a U.S. Border Patrol canine unit sniffed drugs in the facility. An agent entered a cargo-like container and saw a man with a gun in his waistband disappear into a hole. Inside the container were thousands of pounds of what is believed to be marijuana, said James Jacques, a Border Patrol spokesman.
The site is in a rural area 40 miles east of San Diego, and the tunnel’s north entrance is about a quarter-mile from the Tecate Port of Entry, which would make it one of the longest tunnels discovered in recent years. Border Patrol spokesman Damon Foreman told the Union-Tribune the agent and his dog were on routine patrol and passing within about 200 meters of the trailer when the dog alerted. “The agent did the right thing,” Foreman said. “He pulled back and called for backup because he noticed the weapon.”