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Mexico's largest pot bust even bigger than originally thought, officials say

October 19, 2010 |  6:31 pm

Mexico’s largest-ever pot bust tipped the scales at 134 tons, far more than the original estimate of 110 tons. Mexican authorities believe the dope may have belonged to the country’s most powerful drug cartel.

The Mexican military announced the updated figures after weighing 15,300 packages discovered in a pre-dawn raid Monday in an eastern Tijuana industrial district. Police found the enormous stash after a shootout with suspects who eventually led them to six cargo containers packed with the drugs.

Officials said a preliminary investigation showed that the marijuana, broken into smaller shipments, was transported to Tijuana by the Sinaloa Cartel, also known as the Pacific Cartel.

“There are indications that suggest that it belongs to the organization of the Pacific,” said Alejandro Poire, the security spokesman for President Felipe Calderon.

The marijuana is scheduled to be incinerated Wednesday afternoon at an army base in Tijuana. Destined for U.S. markets, the dope arrived via land, air and sea routes, according to General Alfonso Duarte Mugica, the military’s top commander in Baja California.

-- Richard Marosi

Photo: Mexican soldiers seized 134 tons of marijuana in a pre-dawn raid Monday in an eastern Tijuana industrial district. Credit: Jorge Duenes / Reuters