Friday, July 15, 2011

Mexican Military Discovers Plantation With 300 Acres Of Marijuana Growing In Baja California

Photos: El Vigia

Largest marijuana bust in recent months

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 15, 2011

El Rosario, Baja California, Mexico - On Thursday,  Mexican Army General Alfonso Duarte Mujica reported that military personnel discovered 300 acres of marijuana plants growing in the desert. A military plane patrolling the zone came upon a large area in the desert that was covered with a black screen-cloth. Ground soldiers on Tuesday went in to investigate the suspicious area and found the marijuana growing.
General Duarte Mujica says, that the military operation involved 300 military personnel. 16 men working at the plantation were later arrested nearby El Rosario in the municipality of Ensenada as they tried to escape in a bus. The men are originally from the state of Sinaloa and 6 of them confessed that they worked at the plantation. At least, 60 people worked to maintain the huge plantation, which tomatoes were also being grown to hide the marijuana plants.
Soldiers found an electric power plant source and water irrigation came from two water holes. Water was pumped through pipes and gutters into the plantation.
Duarte Mujica estimated that the plantation had about 120 tons of marijuana growing worth about $1,800 million pesos ($150 million U.S.).
The plantation was located between the city of El Rosario and Cataviña, about 223 miles South of Tijuana.

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