Thursday, November 11, 2010

thirty tons of marijuana seized in Mexico tunnel bust

The digs in Hogan’s Heroes and also the Great Escape had absolutely nothing on the Mexico canal. The Mexico tunnel is an elaborate drug smuggling route. It connects San Diego and Tijuana through an undercover passage. When DEA agents found the Mexico canal, they scored a 30 ton pot bust.

Mexico tunnel might have been dug by a drug cartel

Warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana where drug smugglers stored a stash were where the Mexico tunnel led to. The sophistication of the Mexico tunnel and also the cost of digging it suggests that the operation is associated with a Mexican drug cartel. A Drug Enforcement Agency investigation began Tuesday when DEA agents noticed a suspicious looking semi-truck leaving a warehouse in an industrial area near the Mexican border. A Border Patrol checkpoint stopped the truck. Inside, 10 tons of marijuana was found. DEA agents then raided the warehouse and found another 10 to 15 tons of weed.

$20 million in pot taken

The Mexico tunnel had been discovered when DEA agents looking inside a closet found a small opening within the floor. They found a lighted, ventilated passageway complete with a rail system running 20 feet underground about the length of six football fields to one more warehouse in Mexico. Another 4 tons of marijuana were found at the other side and Mexican authorities were alerted. The DEA estimates marijuana it confiscated is worth $20 million on the street.

Not much of a dent in drug traffic

Drug cartels have been going more and more underground since there has been a crackdown on drug smuggling leading to the Mexico tunnel. In Mexican history, the largest drug bust happen in Tijuana last month when Mexican authorities found 150 tons of marijuana. The amount of illegal drugs coming from Mexico into the U.S. probably won't stop with these seizures, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The Monitor's Sarah Miller wrote her opinion on it. She said the Mexican government has just a PR victory. Her comments prompted the Mexican U.S. ambassador to write Miller an angry letter.

Information from

Los Angeles Times

latimes.com/news/local/la-me-1104-drug-tunnel-20101104,0,595478.story

ABC News

abcnews.go.com/News/secret-tunnels-mexico-us-smuggling-drugs-guns-people/story?id=12057362&page=2

Christian Science Monitor

csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2010/1020/Mexico-seizes-105-tons-of-marijuana-in-Tijuana.-Does-it-matter



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