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Authorities seize 30 tons of marijuana in tunnel between Tijuana and San Diego

November 6, 2010

Agence France-Presse November 5, 2010

U.S. and Mexican police seized a record drug haul of over 30 tons of marijuana smuggled through a half-kilometre-long tunnel under their border in southern California, officials said.

Two people were arrested by agents who uncovered the tunnel — the length of five Canadian football fields, and equipped with a rail system, lighting and ventilation — between the city of Tijuana and San Diego on the U.S. side.

The discovery comes amid growing concern over violence associated with Mexican cartels smuggling drugs into the U.S., and days after California rejected plans to fully legalize pot.

“Today was a bad day for the cartels. This discovery again shows their growing desperation in the face of heightened border security,” said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director John Morton.

“Frustrated by our defences, they’re literally going underground, but we’re thwarting them there as well,” he added.

ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack added that the seizure was one of the largest in U.S. history, and the largest in connection with a cross-border tunnel.

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  1. November 30, 2010 10:20 pm

    wow! that’s a lot of money just wasted. daaaaang! i would love to be the distributor on that one. ha

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