November 26th, 2010
02:36 AM ET

Federal agents find another border drug tunnel

U.S. authorities say they have discovered another extensive drug tunnel that stretches from a home in Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego, California.

The half-mile tunnel, discovered Thursday morning in a warehouse in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, is close to a similar one federal agents found earlier this month, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said.

In that case, authorities seized about 30 tons of marijuana in what federal agents say is one of the largest marijuana seizures in U.S. history.

Agents have made several arrests in connection with Thursday's tunnel discovery, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for the customs agency.

Federal agents with the San Diego Tunnel Task Force also seized an undetermined amount of marijuana from a tractor-trailer in the area and have found more of the drug in the tunnel, Kice said.

Authorities said they will release more details about the incident at a news conference Friday afternoon.


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  1. carol Dean

    Drug cartels are just another name for mafia. you are not going to win. might as well legalize it and pay down debt with tax.My brother and sister both died of alcoholic liver failure un their 40's. both smoked. People will do what people will do.Leave them alone and just tax it.just the same DUI laws apply, if tested over a certain intoxication limit. for me, I rarely know if someone has been smoking pot.we need the money, every state, and the borders need to be safe again.I am not a user, but see the point.we waste too many police overtime hours, and too much blood lost in the streets. Just wanted to add my thought-legalize it, already.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. grr

    This is so foolish. Legalize pot in a state like CA. HOWEVER, require that it not be imported OR exported. In addition, only allow farmers that are registered and sell to the state. Finally, have the state set up stores in which it is sold at (with zero ads, zero pushing, etc), similar to how Utah does alcohol. And then put in harsh laws for anybody using out-of-state pot, and even harsh penalties for those caught bringing it in.
    That will take away from drug lords AND gangs.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Ravenna

      Oh no! Export it! Please, grow a great crop and export it! Solution to the trade deficit!LMAO!!!!!

      November 26, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Doodad

    I just wonder how many new tunnels were started the same day they discovered this one !

    November 26, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Duh!

    Right under that wonderful wall you want extended across the southern border......Try ending the hiring of illegals, curbing the thirst for illicit drugs.....If there is no market or jobs , they will stay at home.....Helping Mexico track down and kill all their banditos would help too.....People tend to leave a country when their life is at risk.......OMG! That's exactly what the Obama administration has been doing......Imagine that.....

    November 26, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. wheresmyblow

    Damn, prices will be going up. These people need to use a shop that repairs tractor/trailers so there is no suspision when trucks are going in and out. Wharehouses are too easy now that the f'in DEA watches them.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • RabidinL.A.

      Hilarious! But true.

      November 26, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Shad

    Jrr, how will the authorities know it is "out of state pot? And How will they differentiate legal vs illegal pot?
    It's tough to stop illegal pot from reaching CA from Mexico. Drug cartels will just have it delivered to another state and transport it to CA and sell it cheaper. Legalization will only work if it happens nationwide. Good luck with that idea! With something this complicated, there's no easy fix folks. Stop dreaming. You've Definitely smoked too much pot already and show the typical signs of a burn out.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. PhD

    I am a Doctor of Oncology in Missouri, marijuana isn't legal here, nor do I smoke it. However, it should be legal. I write prescriptions everyday for "pain medication" that makes my patients sick, complicates things like chemo, has terrible short and long-term side-effects, and is ultimately ineffective. Marijuana has virtually no side effects, it's safe, and effective. It's sad to think that drugs like Oxyconton and Dolota are legal and marijuana isn't.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • redwhiteblued

      I Agree with you on this point. Just found out that a legal prescription for a pain killer almost killed me. I was prescribed Darvon for almost 3 years as a pain killer for a knee injury as well as severe migraines, while in the military. This FDA OK,d drug was handed out like candy. Well since then I've had 3 stents placed, one triple bypass surgery,and a pacemaker placed. Never had a heart problem in my life until this "legalized drug" was prescribed.

      Maybe, if marijuana had been available to me as a pain killer, these problems wouldn't have occurred. I'm not a physician an schooled in the ways of drugs,as so many of you seem to be. Trust in what the government,doctors and pharacuetical companies tell me, HA NEVER AGAIN. They destroyed my life.

      November 26, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Wallis

    If US Citizens didn't have a need for cheap labor, or have so many using drugs....

    November 26, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. john holmes

    wanna get high?

    November 26, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nick

    We need to legalize marijuana so we can stop spending so much time and money on stuff like this

    November 26, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmm

      @nick people need to move about this earth and conduct it's business in the spirit if sobriety. I disagree with this intoxication. It's a gatekeeper drug that lead to more serious assault on families the very building blocks of societies and communities. Those who advocate legalizing drugs are selfish, self-centered individuals who want good times at someone else's expense. Grow up, nick! Grow up to the reality of the real world!

      November 26, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Freethinker

    Let's have a mature debate in this country on legalization. We've been spinning our wheels for years while funding criminal networks. It's far less harmful to society than alcohol.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. MissThang

    I am not a marijuana user. That being said, I really wish people would research some facts. First, start with marijuana history. George Washington, 'The Father of Our Country' had an enormous marijuana plantation, for example. Second, research how marijuana became illegal in the 30s. Lumber and Cotton lobbyists pushed for the ban. Hemp (not the same plant, no drug) was included in the ban. So our paper in the U.S. is made of trees, and our fabric is cotton. Third, research just how much money is spent on marijuana-related crimes and incarcerations. It is staggering. Fourth, look at how many American dollars go to pharmecutical companies for anti-depressants that are SSRI's. Marijuana does the exact same thing to your brain naturally, at a much cheaper rate.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Get Real

    Thank goodness it was just weed. Al Qaeda travel agents have no doubt taken notice of a good way to slip agents and their equipment over the border. With all the military installations in the area, this should be a concern.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. daniel

    i use to smoke pot but i haven't for quite a long time, i had to quit due to my job. Now i don't see why pot shouldn't be legalized, the only negative effect that i truly believe pot has is on your lungs but they can make thc candy so it's already safer then cigarettes however just like alcoholics there will be the pot smokers that don't anything with there lives and just sit around getting high that give the pot smokers that can hold a job. I believe that a hell of alot more people that smoke weed actually carry a steady job. Pot heads don't just sit around smoking and playing video games thats just a very small percent there are productive ones out there. And one more thing tho i do believe it should be legalized i also think there should be limitations like alcohol such as don't drive or operate heavy machinery when your stoned out of your mind

    November 26, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rita

    Look at all the stoners without a job on this thread trying to convince people that weed is harmless.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
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