Whoaaa… Pictured in the photo above, Â 300 acres of pot plants sit sheltered under a black screen-cloth in a huge square on the floor of the Baja California desert, more than 150 miles south of Tijuana. Army general Alfonso Duarte said the screening, which is often used by regular farmers to protect crops from too much sun or heat, made it difficult to smell what was growing underneath. Check out more pics and read the full story after the jump!!
(DailyMail)–Mexican soldiers discovered the largest marijuana plantation in the country’s history, hidden under black cloth in the middle of the desert.
The 300-acre plantation is four times larger than the previous record discovery by authorities and workers had even installed toilet facilities, the Defence Department said.
The towering pot plants sheltered under black screen-cloth in a huge square on the floor of the Baja California desert, more than 150 miles south of Tijuana, across the border from San Diego.
It was only when soldiers on the ground reached the isolated area on Tuesday that they found thousands of pot plants as high as 2.5 meter tall.
‘We estimate that in this area, approximately 60 people were working. When they saw the military personnel, they fled,’ Gen Duarte told reporters.
A few were later reportedly detained at a nearby roadblock, but he added no arrests were made at the scene.
He said traffickers could have harvested about 120 tons of marijuana from the plantation, worth about 1.8 billion pesos or about $160 million.
The discovery comes as drug related violence in Mexico’s troubled border states has taken a dramatic upswing over the last few months.
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