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Record Pot Bust Up in Smoke
A joint operation by México's army, local and state police seized 134 tons of U.S.-bound marijuana on October 18th. This is the largest pot bust in the country's history.    
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A Soldier Stands Guard

Oct. 20: A Mexican soldier guards packages of marijuana weighing 134 tons that are being burned in Tijuana. 

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Black Smoke Gold

Oct. 20: Soldiers stand next to México's largest ever seizure of marijuana packaged for sale.  Officials say the marijuana belonged to the country's most powerful drug trafficking cartel the Sinaloa cartel.

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Pot Bonfire

Oct. 20: A soldier takes pictures of the massive pot burn. 

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Turning a New Leaf

Oct. 20: Although Mexican drug cartels smuggle marijuana from South America, the drug is increasingly produced in México.

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Black Smoke

Oct. 20: Security forces seized 1,385 tons of marijuana in 2009, down from a yearly average of 2,000 tons in previous years, according to the U.S. report. It said México eradicated 14,135 hectares (34,927 acres) of cannabis in the first 11 months of last year, compared to 18,663 hectares (46,116 acres) in all of 2008.

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El Chapo's Marijuana

Oct. 20: Soldiers work on packages of seized marijuana prior to the burning. Authorities say the drugs belonged to the Sinaloa cartel run by México's most wanted fugitive, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

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That's a Ton of Marijuana

Oct 20: 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 México of 4.2 billion pesos, about $340 million.

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Stacking Drugs

Oct. 20: The Tijuana bust dwarfed marijuana seizures of recent years. Major pot seizures this year in Tijuana and other parts of the country have amounted to about a dozen tons each.

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Pot Smokers Heaven

Oct. 20: This one seizure in México totaled 134 tons. Comparably, U.S. authorities seized a total of 123 tons of marijuana during 2009 at all San Diego-area border crossings.  

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Bricks of Drugs

Oct 20: The drug bust was a one third larger than originally thought.  Workers made preperations working in teams to stack bricks of the drugs to be burned in a bonfire.

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Record Pot Bust Up in Smoke

A joint operation by México's army, local and state police seized 134 tons of U.S.-bound marijuana on October 18th. This is the largest pot bust in the country's history.    

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