SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California truck driver has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison for hauling nearly 10 tons of marijuana smuggled through a tunnel between the U.S. and Mexico.
Twenty-eight-year-old Carlos Cunningham of Oceanside apologized on Monday for his involvement in one of the largest marijuana busts in U.S. history.
He acknowledged carrying 19,400 pounds of marijuana in his trailer when he was arrested Nov. 2 at a weigh station southeast of Los Angeles.
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said the amount was "enough to fill a house."
U.S. authorities later seized nearly 15 tons in a San Diego warehouse where the tunnel ended. Mexican authorities reported seizing nearly five tons on the Mexican side of the tunnel, bringing the total haul to nearly 30 tons.
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The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
Thanksgiving could see record-setting heat in San Diego County, according to forecasters, who also reported the smashing of temperature records across the county on Wednesday.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
Your living room often becomes your work space if you work from home. If you have kids, the house can be even more chaotic. Well now, more women are able to take 10-15 steps out of their home and into their "she shed."
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving meals were provided to the needy around San Diego County Wednesday, one day ahead of the holiday.
A pedestrian was killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash in the Mountain View section of San Diego and police detained the driver, who fled the scene on foot after the vehicle struck a house.
U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier.