November 4th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

Authorities discover 30 tons of marijuana, border tunnel

Michael Martinez

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - U.S. authorities have discovered about 30 tons of marijuana that were part of a smuggling operation using a tunnel under the California-Mexico border, officials said Wednesday.

The 600-yard tunnel - which features a rail system, lighting and ventilation - connects a warehouse in Tijuana with one in the Otay Mesa industrial area of San Diego, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack.

About 26 tons of marijuana had been transported through the tunnel to San Diego, and 10 of those tons were intercepted Tuesday by authorities as a tractor trailer was transporting the load from the Otay Mesa warehouse, officials said. About five tons were found by the Mexican military inside the Tijuana warehouse and the tunnel, officials said.

Drug cartels on the border have become so powerful and sophisticated in recent years that many Mexican communities and areas along the border are patches of uncontrollable violence, experts have said.

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  1. teresa, ohio

    while the tunnel is a bit scary, one has to be in awe at the creativiity and can-do attitude on the part of the tunnel builders and pot smugglers.

    great job guys : ) where there is a will, there is a way.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  2. nathan

    I am sad that the legalization of THZ did not pass. This Mexican tunnel is simply a sign that drugs will and do come through. Tax drugs as we do with Lipitor, or any other drug that comes from the pharmaceutical company. It is stupid to say that one drug is good and another is bad. Look at prohibition! Hell, it built a tunnel from Mexico to San Diego. We found one. ONE! CA Makes great wine, we should and do make great marijuana.

    November 4, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  3. Clayton Davis

    what'd they do with all that weed? do they just destroy it? cause that would be a big waste of medical product.

    November 4, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
  4. Lynn

    i hope and pray that sarah palin is not the president want in 2012 she is not ready at all, i think she is a trouble maker and likes it. she really needs to grow up!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  5. Jim Carroll

    Mr. President, the republicans didn't win as much as they think! You have the veto pen, and it takes 290 votes in the House and 67 in the Senate to over ride a veto. I know you know that, but the republicans do not know that. They have never read the Constitution!The republicans
    did not win a big victory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  6. jerry

    Oh my god!!!
    Not pot.
    Its a good thing that awful stuff never made it to the streets. Everyone would mellow out and stop shooting each other.

    November 4, 2010 at 9:18 pm |