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Mexico: Massive Grow Busted in Bloody Border Zone

Bill Weinberg

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Earlier this month, Mexican federal police agents announced the discovery of some 860,000 cannabis plants—weighing an estimated 1,000 metric tons—at Ejido La Sangre, an agricultural community in the Tubutama municipality, about 10 miles south of the Arizona border.

The plants were burned in the 14-hectare irrigated field, police said, and no arrests were reported.

According to EFE, fertilizer, pesticides and farm equipment were confiscated. Authorities of the Ejido are said to be under investigation.

In June 2010, Tubutama was the scene of a gangland shoot-out that left 29 dead after a Sinaloa Cartel convoy was reportedly ambushed by gunmen.

In a wave of violence following this, many of Tubutama’s outlying communities were reported to have become “ghost towns” as the populace fled. Mexico's notorious Blog del Narco posted grisly images of the Tubutama massacre last year. 

(Photo Courtesy of Telecoms.com)

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