Drug Bust Uncovers 1,800-Foot Tunnel
25-ton seizure is one of the largest in San Diego history
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2010 8:50 AM CDT
A federal agent crawls through a 600 yard tunnel found in a warehouse along the border between the United States and Mexico on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

(Newser) – US officials seized more than 25 tons of marijuana from drug warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana after finding a 1,800-foot tunnel linking the two. The lighted, ventilated tunnel—which is about six football fields long—was discovered after officials found 10 tons of marijuana in a suspicious tractor-trailer, then another 10 to 15 tons in the warehouse from which the vehicle came. The marijuana seized, worth an estimated $20 million or more, is one of the largest amounts in San Diego history, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The 4-foot-high, 3-foot-wide tunnel linked the warehouse to one in Tijuana; four tons of marijuana were seized there. About 75 such tunnels have been found in the last four years. Though this one is not the longest, it is one of the few that was fully operational when discovered. It’s not yet clear who owned the drugs, but “I can promise you there are some very unhappy people in the cartel,” says one official. Click here to read about the recent seizure of 105 tons of marijuana.

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dilbertfan
Nov 4, 2010 3:26 PM CDT
Using the logic by those supporting legalizing and taxing pot, why stop there. We also cannot stop underage drinking so lets just sell liquor to anyone regardless of age. Child porn cannot be stopped so lets just sell it in the stores and tax that. We cannot stop prostitution so lets legalize that and tax it. All forms of illegal gambling should be legalized and taxed. Prescription drug abuse cannot be stopped so lets just sell all of these drugs over the counter to anyone and tax that. Since we cannot stop people from killing others so lets simply sell a murder tag and tax that. Think of all the tax money that will be generated from all the illegal activities which we cannot stop. I cannot wait to live in a society that your thinking will create.
jeebus
Nov 4, 2010 12:04 PM CDT
Yet, the dumb fucks in California just voted to help the Mexican drug gangs build new tunnels. Maybe when the drug gangs start offing American politicians and police, something might actually get done.
shusss
Nov 4, 2010 11:34 AM CDT
Hey McCain...how's the "danged fence" working out for you?