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Mexican trucker gets 16 years for drug tunnels

Mexican trucker gets 16 years in prison for role in 2 major drug tunnels on US-Mexico border By The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) ' A Mexican trucker has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison for his role in two major drug tunnels along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Daniel Navarro apologized to his family at his sentencing Monday in San Diego. A prosecutor said the defendant was "right in the middle" of a scheme that involved gigantic amounts of drugs.

Authorities who raided the tunnels seized about 50 tons of marijuana.

Prosecutors wanted a much stiffer punishment. They said the 45-year-old was a key player in tunnels that linked warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana. The two tunnels were lit, ventilated and equipped with rail cars. in the

Navarro's attorney said the government overstated his involvement and asked for 10 years in prison.

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