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Chapo-like narco tunnel found unfinished just 160 feet from U.S. border

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  • The border wall stands approximately 100 yards from a factory where a drug tunnel was discovered leading into the United States on October 31, 2013 in Tijuana, Mexico.

    The border wall stands approximately 100 yards from a factory where a drug tunnel was discovered leading into the United States on October 31, 2013 in Tijuana, Mexico.  (Getty)

Mexican authorities have uncovered a new high-tech tunnel, much like the one used by drug lord Joaquin, ‘El Chapo’ Guzman in his July 11 escape, this time under the border city of Tijuana.

It is the third tunnel found in and around Tijuana this year.

The 400-foot tunnel, found unfinished, would have led to the San Diego area. It started just two blocks away from the U.S.-Mexico border, inside a warehouse labeled Importadora y Exportadora Hega, virtually non existent on the Internet.

The tunnel ends about 160 feet from the border that separates Tijuana from Chula Vista, a city just south of San Diego.

Tipped off by an anonymous caller, police discovered the passageway last week, El Pais newspaper reported. It runs 19 feet deep, measures 5.5 feet high along and officials described it as having a sophisticated rail system, lighting and ventilation.

According to sources within Mexico’s Attorney General's Office, this was a so-called ‘narco-tunnel’ meant to be used to introduce drugs into the United States.

The tunnel is believed to belong to the Sinaloa Cartel, which is presumably headed once again by ‘Chapo’ Guzman. Guzman, Mexico's most powerful drug cartel leader, escaped from a maximum security prison in July through a sophisticated, mile-long tunnel that was equipped with lights, air venting and a customized motorcycle rigged up on a rail line. The tunnel started under his shower floor.

Over the past 10 years, authorities have discovered 181 tunnels at the border between Tijuana and San Diego, El Pais reported.

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