San Diego Tunnel Yields 17 Tons of Pot

Cross-border tunnel linked US site to Tijuana warehouse
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2011 12:54 AM CST
Updated Nov 17, 2011 5:30 AM CST
The bales of marijuana had the 'Captain America' logo commonly used by the Sinaloa cartel.   (AP Photo/Department of Homeland Security)
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(Newser) – Who needs drug mules when you have drug moles? Federal agents seized a total of 17 tons of marijuana after discovering a tunnel linking warehouses in Tijuana and San Diego, the Los Angeles Times reports. The tunnel, believed to be the work of the Sinaloa cartel was the length of four football fields, and was equipped with lighting and ventilation systems.

The tunnel's American entrance was in an industrial area where several major drug tunnels have been found over the last few years. "The drug cartels mistakenly believe they can elude detection by taking their contraband underground, but, again and again, we've been able to find these tunnels and shut them down," said the chief of the tunnel task force of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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