Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Mexican marijuana haul weighs 134 tons

Soldiers work on packages of seized marijuana prior to incinerating them in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
Soldiers work on packages of seized marijuana prior to incinerating them in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
Soldiers and police officers guard packages of seized marijuana during a presentation for the media in Tijuana, Mexico

Mexico's largest-ever seizure of marijuana packaged for sale weighs a massive 134 tons — far more than originally estimated, authorities said.

Ramon Gomez, a spokesman for the federal attorney general's office, said so far 15,300 packages have been counted. That figure is over 5,000 more than first announced after the seizure during raids on Monday in the border city of Tijuana.

Army officials first said the drugs weighed 105 tons and had an estimated street value of 4.2bn pesos, about £214m.

The Mexican government said it thinks the drugs belonged to the country's most powerful drug-trafficking gang, the Sinaloa cartel run by Mexico's most wanted fugitive, Joaquin Guzman.

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