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San Diego-Tijuana drug tunnel bust, Prop. 19, and Latin America's drug war debate

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(Read caption) John Morton (l.) the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement points to the opening of a 600-yard tunnel found in a warehouse where 20 tons of marijuana was seized as he talks with Joe Garcia, assistant agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations, on Nov. 3, in San Diego.

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US authorities this week found an 1,800-foot drug tunnel linking San Diego to Tijuana, and in the process seized more than 25 tons of marijuana estimated to be worth some $20 million.

Then, at the other end of the tunnel, Mexican soldiers on Wednesday seized about 4 tons of marijuana after raiding a warehouse, according to the Mexican military.

The discovery of the 4-by-3-foot tunnel points to the work of a major drug-running organization, authorities say.

"I can promise you there are some very unhappy people in the cartel," said John Morton, director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which leads the multi-agency San Diego Tunnel Task Force, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Indeed there must be. Even though some 75 tunnels along the US-Mexico border have been found in the past few years, few have been fully operational as this one was.

Mr. Morton also trumpeted increased coordination with – and responsiveness from – Mexican authorities.

It’s been a good couple of weeks for them.


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