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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