01 December 2011

Parallel Wars

The low-intensity conflict in the AfPak revolves around religious terrorism. The low-intensity conflict in Mexico revolves around apolitical mercantile interests. In either case, we have "partners" who are on the take for the other side, and turn a blind eye to incredibly large-scale mis-behavior by those they should be fighting, despite having truckloads of money dumped on them by us to fight on our side.

The tunnel discovered Tuesday was about 40 feet deep, 4 feet wide and 4 feet high. It featured a wooden staircase at the U.S. entrance, located inside a large, white building with a long line of trucking docks.
The Mexican warehouse was on the same block as a federal police office and sits next to a runway at Tijuana's main airport. It featured a hydraulic lift at the tunnel entrance that dropped about 30 feet. Its carpeted floors were found littered with garbage and dirty linen. The kitchen was stocked with tortillas and oranges, with a window painted black.
Six men were charged in federal courts in Southern California with conspiracy to distribute marijuana. No arrests were made in Mexico.

my emphasis
How big was this this most recent drug-tunnel bust?
Tuesday's find netted more than 32 tons of marijuana — nearly 17 tons at a warehouse in San Diego's Otay Mesa area, about 11 tons inside a truck in the Los Angeles area and 4 tons in Mexico. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, it ranks as the second-largest pot bust in U.S. history if the drugs found on the Mexican side of the tunnel are counted and the third-largest without the Mexican stash.

By: Brant

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