105 Tons of Marijuana Confiscated En Route to U.S.

Mexican military have confiscated 105 tons of marijuana with a street value in the United States of more than 340 million dollars and the largest cannabis haul ever in Mexico

Mexican military confiscate 105 tons of marijuana

Mexican military have confiscated 105 tons of marijuana en route to the U.S.

TIJUANA, Mexico — Mexican security forces seized at least 105 tons of U.S.-bound marijuana in the border city of Tijuana on Monday, by far the biggest pot bust in the country in recent years.

Soldiers and police grabbed the drugs in pre-dawn raids in three neighborhoods after police arrested 11 people following a shootout, army Gen. Alfonso Duarte Mujica said at a news conference.

The marijuana was found wrapped in 10,000 packages, which were displayed to journalists by soldiers in masks. Duarte said the drug had an estimated street value in Mexico of 4.2 billion pesos, about $340 million.

Duarte said authorities were still counting and weighing the packages and the amount could increase. He said the drugs — wrapped in different colors and labeled with apparently coded phrases and pictures that included Homer Simpson — would be incinerated immediately after the weighing and counting is completed.

The Tijuana bust came a little over a week after President Felipe Calderon visited the border city and called it a success in his drug war.

Read more about this story by Associated Press writer Mariana Martinez

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