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Mexico Finds Vast Swath Of Coca Plants Near Guatemalan Border

Farmers  uproot coca plants in the Cauca mountains, near the Balboa village, some 245 miles southwest of Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006. In spite of the fierce opposition from guerrillas that have taken the lives of 26 police officers and military officers, as well as 12 farmers, Colombia has overcome the goal of manually  eradicating 40,000 hectares (99 acres) sowed with coca and poppy in 2006, according to the presidential adviser for Social Action, Luis Alfonso Hoyos. (AP Photo/ Julian Lineros)

Farmers uproot coca plants in the Cauca mountains, near the Balboa village, some 245 miles southwest of Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006. In spite of the fierce opposition from guerrillas that have taken the lives of 26 police officers and military officers, as well as 12 farmers, Colombia has overcome the goal of manually eradicating 40,000 hectares (99 acres) sowed with coca and poppy in 2006, according to the presidential adviser for Social Action, Luis Alfonso Hoyos. (AP Photo/ Julian Lineros)  ((AP Photo/ Julian Lineros))

Authorities in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas say they have confiscated 1,639 coca plants.

The state attorney general's office says the discovery in Tuxtla Chico near the Guatemalan border came from an anonymous tip that led to a warrant.

The plants found in a more than 13,000-square-foot plot were tested by experts and confirmed to be the type used to extract the key ingredient for making cocaine, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Chiapas state prosecutor's office.

Chiapas is a mountainous state bordering Guatemala known for coffee-growing. Cultivation of coca plants is highly unusual outside of South America's Andean region.

The operation was carried out by state authorities with the help of Mexico's new Federal Police prevention unit and the army and marines.

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