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14 Tons Of Marijuana

November 17, 2011 by staff 

14 Tons Of Marijuana, An estimated 14 tons of marijuana was seized after the discovery of a tunnel that the authorities said on Wednesday was one of the most significant drug smuggling passages ever found on the United States-Mexico border.

The tunnel stretched about 400 yards and linked warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, the authorities said.

The authorities in the United States seized 9 to 10 tons of marijuana on Tuesday inside a truck and at the warehouse in San Diego’s Otay Mesa area, said Derek Benner, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s special agent in charge of investigations in San Diego. Mexican authorities recovered about five tons.

Photos taken by the Mexican authorities show an entry blocked by bundles that were most likely stuffed with marijuana, said Paul Beeson, chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector. Wooden supports lined the walls, and power cords led to the Mexican entrance, suggesting lighting and ventilation systems.

The depth and the width of the tunnel were unknown. Several arrests were made. Mr. Benner declined to give details.

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