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When Mex­i­can law en­force­ment seized 134 tons of mar­i­juana it was all go­ing to go up in smoke: not in the hands of a mil­lion ston­ers, but a sin­gle enor­mous bon­fire

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Ti­juana has long been a hot­bed of smug­gling. Near the US bor­der and the city of San Diego, just about ev­ery kind of con­tra­band has passed through it. 134 tons of mar­i­juana des­tined for Amer­ica’s deal­ers, how­ever, didn’t.

It was the largest mar­i­juana bust in Mexico’s his­tory, a re­sult of in­creas­ingly close co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Mex­i­can law en­force­ment and mil­i­tary. Only a few years ago Ti­juana was a dan­ger­ous place to be – a Mex­i­can bor­der town right out of a spaghetti west­ern. Today it’s com­par­a­tively quiet, after the Mex­i­can pub­lic and au­thor­i­ties hav­ing de­cided enough was enough.

The mas­sive seizure was one of many re­cent vic­to­ries for Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties against drug gangs. The po­lice and army com­bined their re­sources and hard­ened their at­ti­tude, cre­at­ing an in­creas­ingly suc­cess­ful – and vi­o­lent – crack­down against the nar­co­traf­i­cantes. Once seen as so rid­dled with cor­rup­tion that ef­fec­tive ac­tion was near- im­pos­si­ble, today’s anti- drug cam­paign is so harsh that hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions have se­ri­ously ques­tioned the tac­tics and meth­ods used.

What can’t be ques­tioned is the re­sults. The 134 tons of in­cin­er­ated weed sent a mes­sage around the world and any­one down­wind got the sweet smell of ju­di­cial suc­cess.

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