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Woman, 73, suspected of running warehouse connected to drug tunnels

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Border patrol agents uncovered two sophisticated drug-smuggling tunnels in the San Diego area.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested an elderly woman as part of the investigation.

Both tunnels led from Mexico to warehouses in Otay Mesa, Calif., according to a news release. The first was discovered earlier this week after a five-month investigation. It's about 600 yards long and equipped with a pulley system.

Investigators arrested a 73-year-old woman suspected of running one of the warehouses.

"Here we are again, foiling cartel plans to sneak millions of dollars of illegal drugs through secret passageways that cost millions of dollars to build," said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. "Going underground is not a good business plan. We have promised to locate these super tunnels and keep powerful drug cartels from taking their business underground and out of sight, and once again, we have delivered on that promise."

The second, more sophisticated tunnel was detected Thursday with help from Mexican authorities.

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