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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.


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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we taxpayers will probably pay millions to "seal" this tunnel. a few well placed sticks of dynamite, with sequential detonation, a maybe 2-400 hundred pounds of old ballbearings in an aimed charge(handle all the vermin) . and just might discourage near term diggers. after the " explosion", then sewer water pumped into trench/tunnel as further evidence of our good faith, a little frosting on the cake. naw, we suckers will pay unemployment b enefits, because of shutdown. ca gov elect will know how to handle it. ho ho ho. build a tunnel to swiss, for bundles of bucksa. i'm just a tried old cynic

The husband and wife who were driving the truck that was carrying 10 tons of pot are the ones who tipped of the cops. They will most likely be killed by the perps.

How would you get your weed Kevin?

i guess they 19 had passed..

Someone please post a pic of this tunnel system ...

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