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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.