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U.S. Border Patrol and Mexican Authorities Destroy Cannabis at Massive Grow Site at Border




According to a report issued on June 14, U.S. Border Patrol and Mexican federal authorities worked together to locate and destroy cannabis at a 13 square-mile grow site that was valued at nearly $277 million.

The grow site contains about 42,000 plants and was found on June 6 at La Rumorosa, Baja California, which is six miles from the U.S./Mexico border. Authorities couldn’t raid the grow site until June 11 because of difficult terrain and the lack of equipment. A remote oasis with palm trees can be seen near a creek that is surrounded by rocky mountain sides.

Drone footage was released by U.S. Border Patrol, complete with dramatic background music. The video shows the rugged geography of the area and it depicts how authorities cut down and burned large piles of cannabis in bonfires.

Police hacked down about 70,000 pounds of cannabis and estimated its street value at $276.9 million. The report indicates that American authorities recently led a Bi-National Border Operations Academy which provided Policia Federal officials with training on targeting illegal cannabis operations. American agents covering the San Diego and El Centro areas were recruited to provide enforcement strategies.

“This significant drug seizure is an excellent example of the effective collaboration among law enforcement agencies in the United States and Mexico,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection stated. “A key component of our strategy is intelligence sharing between CBP and its law enforcement partners, including the government of Mexico.  This undoubtedly fosters a safer and more secure border environment that advances our goal to dismantle and defeat the transnational criminal organizations that threaten the safety of our country.”

As part of the training from U.S. officials, Mexican officials uses global positioning system (GPS) devices to help them return to the site.