Major Marijuana Operation Uncovered In Mexico

Jul 15, 2011

A marijuana plantation of nearly 300 acres has been found by Mexican forces in the Baja California desert more than 150 miles south of Tijuana. Army Gen. Alfonso Duarte told reporters Thursday that the giant plot was staffed by about 60 people and could produce around 120 tons of marijuana when harvested. Duarte said the the plants would be burned.

While AP describes the find as "the largest marijuana plantation ever detected in Mexico," a roundup of the news from The Atlantic Wire questions that claim. They cite an expert who says the 1984 "El Bufalo" find in northern Chihuahua state was significantly bigger.

CNN, meanwhile, has posted a video showing a flyover of the Baja plot that provides a sense of the operation's scale.

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