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Massive drug tunnel with rail system discovered in pot bust at San Diego border

A major drug tunnel has been discovered under the San Diego-Tijuana border, a roughly 1,800-foot passageway found in a warehouse in Otay Mesa where U.S. authorities seized more than 20 tons of marijuana, according to U.S. and Mexican officials.

In Mexico, army troops raided a warehouse in an industrial area that concealed the tunnel entrance and seized four more tons of dope.

The back-to-back raids occurred Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in a light industrial area with a long history of tunnel activity.

The passageway, equipped with lighting, ventilation and a rail system, is one of the few unearthed in recent years that appears to have been fully operational.

About 75 tunnels along the U.S-Mexico border have been unearthed in the last four years, most of them in various states of construction. The discovery comes two weeks after the Mexican military in Tijuana seized a record 134 tons of marijuana.

That dope was seized in a nearby area of eastern Tijuana, but it’s not clear if the two incidents are connected.

The Mexican military said no one had been arrested on the Mexican side. It’s not clear if arrests were made in San Diego. More details are expected to be provided at an afternoon news conference.

RELATED:

Prop. 19 drew strongest support in Bay Area

Californian's say 'no' to legal pot, but 'yes' to pot taxes

-- Richard Marosi in San Diego

 
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ohhhh noooooooooooo

Legalization may not stop smuggling at all.
Really you are talking of dismantling our entire system. If a store sells pot that store can be held accountable if it makes people sick such as by carrying pesticides along with the leaves. Insurance and normal regulations make things expensive. What the pot smokers really seek is an exemption that would make pot unlike all other products. Otherwise it will still be smuggled in. Alcohol is still smuggled into our country at times as lack of taxes and purity standards make booze far cheaper in some countries. I don't know about today but years ago a premium bottle of whiskey in Bimini might cost $1. whereas it might have sold for $15. in Ft. Lauderdale. Since 50 miles by boat can be quite easy a lot of cases were run across in the 1960 era.

You are very kind indeed. Many of us would not have thought about escorting illegals THROUGH the tunnels and THEN sealing them up.

CA , you'll not be missed if god cleaves you of and sinks it in the sea

HOW CONVENIENT THAT THIS COMES OUT THE DAY AFTER THE ELECTION.

JUST LIKE SHERIFF BACA'S ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT POT LACED HALLOWEEN CANDY THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN.

THERE ARE NO INSTANCES OF POT LACED CANDY BEING GIVEN OUT TO CHILDREN ON HALLOWEEN. EVER.

IT SHOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO PULL THESE POLITICAL STUNTS TO FURTHER THEIR OWN POLITICAL AGENDA.

IT MAKES ME ABSOLUTELY SICK.

Prop 19 was a joke... get a clue...geez did any of you read how lame that prop was. Pot would have been RUINED.... idiots

Build a bigger, deeper wall. HA!
20 tons of pot is worth millions. All cartels have to do is hire a few more Mexicans and say "dig deeper"

People's inability to realize prohibition creates a scenario that any success (of prohibition) results in higher product prices and a greater incentive for criminals to realized the increased returns. Its a self-feeding cycle that results in increases in violence, bribery, extortion, and murder to achieve the ever higher returns due to higher levels of policing. Mathematically, its labeled an unstable system.

You all are a bunch of morons.....Do liberals have any brains? huh.....Prop 19 was a big waste of liberal tax money......

Hell, Jerry Brown will probably want to make a permanent underground commuter rail out of the dang thing!

Greg M, there's making a point and some people just need to be a dick. Like you

Ground sonar s cheap enough technology to employ on the border. And when discovered, they soul flood these tunnels with blister agent, and in very short order that problem will cease. And NO, I do not mean the lethal strains of blister agent. This method will cause temporary discomfort to the perps will at the same time marking them in such an obvious way Authorities can't miss them.

did i read this right...the mexicans have arrested NO ONE...I REPEAT...NO ONE...WHAT A COUNTRY!!!

Call cannabis dope all you want. When it starts making people do crazy catastrophic stuff at anything near the rate alcohol does, let me know.

Who wrote this pap? "Dope?"

Grow-up.

Nov. 2 2010. Great day for Marijuana dealers in and around the US. Keep those $500 ounces coming to the US.

Think they would go to that much trouble if nobody were buying Mexican Dope? Hello, McFly? Hello. See any correlation here?

You anti prop 19 people have about much sense as someone without a HS education. Oh wait, that was the biggest group opposing prop 19. Maybe because you're all dealing it!!

Yeah, and Californians just voted not to legalize pot.

Brillant.

Mexican drug lords thank you.

"Why don't you go out and find the exit to all these tunnels and pump a couple loads of cement down each one as you find them. Eventually you will have fewer holes."

You're serious? 75 - 6 ft holes -actually let's round it up- a mile of holes, patched within +2000 miles of border...

Yeah, let's try to rationalize that thought next time.

The only reason for the Mexican government to oppose legalization of marijuana in California is that their "business" will be replace by California growers. Simple like that !

"Show me an 18-foot fence and I'll show you an 1,800 foot tunnel."

Not even antifundamentalist Barbara Boxer could stop this project!

Not even antifundamentalist Barbara Boxer could stop this project!

so what happens to the weed now?
the mexicans are corrupt, maybe the cartel will buy it back from the government,
or seize it someone.
is there a way the US can make sure it's destroyed immediately?

Just shows that no matter how much we spend on "drug interdiction" there will ALWAYS be illegal drugs coming in. It is a waste of time and money. I shudder to think of the BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS thrown into the toilet trying to stop drugs. All that could have gone into public education about drug use and our school system. On the positive side, I guess our leaders would say that it is full time employment for a bunch of cops. Big deal.

Wow. Any idea how long it would take to build a tunnel like that? and the equipment that would be needed?

Do you really think that after years of earning their money tax free that these drug cartels are going to suddenly start paying taxes on it? Thank god prop 19 failed!

 
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