I am amazed every time I see the numbers associated with the amount of cocaine, heroin and marijuana seized. I can not even picture these quantities.
The second question that comes up repeatedly in my mind is what kind of impact this cash flow out of the country is having on our national economy.
Finally, how can we as a nation afford to spend so much money on illegal and legal drugs when there are so many out of work, on food stamps and receiving other benefits. Not to mention all of those in the jails and prisons of the nation for dealing in such commodities.
Two weeks ago, authorities seized 17 tons of marijuana in connection with a tunnel linking warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana. Authorities began investigating that passage in June, according to court filings.
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.
As U.S. authorities heighten enforcement on land, tunnels have become an increasingly common way to smuggle enormous loads of marijuana. More than 70 passages have been found on the border since October 2008, surpassing the number of discoveries in the previous six years….”