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. WellInformed

    80 years ago cocaine was bought in drug stores and noone was addicted.then came prohibition of liquer. when ligur was legalized, the value of it went down, so Big Brother lost they banned cocaine and opiates (which they themselves have been caught selling) it profitable again...and weed is just state income for turn-key counteract 37 known diseases and isnt addictive... but tobacco and beer are legal?... i dont get that

    November 26, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dslnightowl

    I think that all the stoners and truly greedy people are the ones trying to get pot legal, the politicians are greedy as well looking for more money than they have already to spend on thier saleries so they get real fat paychecks. We pay politicians way to much money (the 8 that took cali for a ride and a half) and the more they generate the more they get and seems the more we lose. I think making pot legal is a mistake but on the other hand hemp would be ok that could stop trees from there currant downfall because all the products that can be made from hemp, think how many trees die for paper, if there was an alternative then why not make it happen. we don't want stoners taking over that would be a disaster accedent wise, lawsuits from people hurt on jobs by stoners, driving lawsuits, and so on so keep pot illegal its for the best.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. nice lady in Cali

    Listen up, Randy Dowdy: marijuana causes Alzheimers!!! I'm a psychologist, and we are seeing frightening cases of Alzheimers in 30 year olds, because they starting using this drug in their teens. The reason marijuana is "relaxing" or "numbing" is because it momentarily paralyzes brain cells. Some cells stay paralyzed for ever, and some cells keep it in their memory, and will later on default into it.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • WellInformed

      i am a drug education instructor and behavioral anthropologist, there is no scientific evidence to back up that claim.none, zero, zilch..dont get me a sober person..dont even take aspirin, whole point is that there are bigger concerns in the world than some dumb 16 year old burning a joint in the basement...

      November 26, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • @WI

      Since when is pyschology a scientific field anyways?

      November 26, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. John Paul

    Imagine how many tunnels are out there that they don't find? It's just like the illegals that cross the border. They catch a handful, but thousands still make it across. It's just a drop in a bucket.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. CaptainObvious

    I'm telling you the cops like having bad guys to chase. It's job security for them. They don't care if your 15 year old daughter is strung out because it allows them to put on a badge and feed their family at the expense of yours. If you gave a cop the choice between a crime free society or a paycheck I think many would choose the paycheck. You don't need a Jesus without a devil. Munchaussen syndrome and we are the ones having drano put in our orange juice. I can't believe none of you see it.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Butch

    We really need to invade Mexico and wipe out these terrorists.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. chuck

    Mexico keeps giving us reasons to militarize the border. We need to start shooting all of these people. We are being invaded by career criminals, when are we going to wake up?

    November 26, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rocketship

    Please everyone,
    Follow the example of the President and Speaker of the house.
    Just smoke cigarettes!
    Yes we can
    Yes we can
    Yes we can

    November 26, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Why should it be legal?

    Because you think it's profitiable and not a moral issue? The same could be said in regards to child p0rn0grafy.

    Apples to oranges? Hardly:

    If morality isn't supposed to be defined by society (because society can be wrong, i.e. 6ay marriage in, oh, imagine that, CA), then what's saying some p3rv visualizing a child isn't actually a non-moral issue.

    If society is allowed to make drugs legal, then why can't society ban a decision about gay marriage? Oh, it's because one decision directly impacts the lives of other people where as the other still leaves choice for the other individual, correct? Last time I checked, with familiarity comes contempt–alcohol. Because it's legal, it's more readily available, which means it is also more readily accessible to those irresponsible. How many of us have lost someone to a drunk driver? Well, legalization of other drugs, time will tell that they will be just as problematic as alcohol has been.

    Leaving drugs out, consider any type of distracted driving (which is usually caused by technology), familiarity -> contempt -> poor decisions based on false sense of security -> unnecessary loss of life that could have been avoided. Leaving drugs illegal minimizes loss of unnecessary loss of life while leaving the door open to those determined to partake still have the opportunity to lose their own lives in some other manner.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. enik

    Each and every one of you should go kick yourself right in the junk today.......none of you are making sense on the weed issue in California. It is a drug and it works. It's unique in the world since folks can grow a bunch of their medicine with a seed. No pharmacist needed. A whole lot of are us using it regardless of its legal status. CA should step up like they did with the Organic Food Act of 1990.......the good herb is in our future, and it's the gift of today......the present! Peace, and grow..... the F#$&k up peoples!

    November 26, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. btldriver

    I love it when people assume if pot were to be legalized that all, or even most, of the pot growers would come out and say things like "yes, I'll take a pay cut AND now pay taxes on my stuff because I know it will help the economy of my state." You folks keep deluding yourselves and if it happens you'll have other crimes for the cops to deal with and spend your new found wealth fighting. Don't think so? This is where the history books are correct...think Al Capone.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. daniel

    pot causes alzheimers, i've never heard of that but definitly gonna look into it. Does anyone know if there has been a long term study on individuals smoking pot? Not just a doctor with an opinion but an actual study and where i can find the results of it

    November 26, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. me

    i'm playing left for dead 2, i forgot how fun this game is

    November 26, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. cabo wabo

    i see it. drugs are a huge income for all involved, on both sides of the law. the importation and sale of drugs will always be as it is now. im guessing that tunnel was shut down for finacial reasons. hard for me to believe satellite imagaery never detected it being built. tunnel must have beenin process for quite some time to extend a half mile. hey, we can just stick to our own drugs produced in our own country and become self-reliant (prescription pills). isnt that what govt wants to do with fuel?

    November 26, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. HireEm!

    Why can't we get the hardworking tunnel building Mexicans to come live in the U.S. instead of the 'work the system for freebies' ones?

    November 26, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
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