November 30th, 2010
11:19 AM ET

'Sophisticated' border tunnel leads to seizure of tons of pot

Greg Morrison

(CNN) - The discovery of a "sophisticated" tunnel between a Mexican eat-in kitchen and two Southern California warehouses led authorities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to arrest at least nine suspects and seize between 20 and 30 tons of marijuana.

The Thanksgiving Day find followed an eight-month investigation and came about three weeks after authorities discovered a similar drug tunnel in another warehouse in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego.

Between the two incidents, agents in the United States and Mexico seized roughly the equivalent of one marijuana cigarette for each of California's nearly 37 million residents, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Ralph Partridge said Friday.

"This is obviously not a Mom and Pop operation," Miguel Unzueta, a San Diego-based agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Friday. "This is a major, significant drug cartel working."

Unzueta described the nearly half-mile-long and, in spots, 90-foot-deep passageway as "very sophisticated," even more so than the one found earlier this month.

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  1. Ciji

    I am the Property Manager of the property on Via de la Amistad in Otay Mesa, CA where this tunnel opening was discovered on Thanksgiving. I can't believe that my tenant had such an operation going on!!

    November 30, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
  2. Michael White

    I Think its great to uncover these tunnels, But i would like to know what happen to the tunnel after its discovered. Is it destroyed or closed or just monitored for future activity.


    November 30, 2010 at 10:15 pm |