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Mexico finds opium poppy plantation near capital

Mexico finds opium poppy plantation unusually close to capital

Mexico finds opium poppy plantation near capital

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's navy says it found and destroyed a 6-acre (2.4 hectare) opium poppy plantation near the nation's capital.

The field was found in the State of Mexico, in an area about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Mexico City.

The navy said late Monday that it found the field over the weekend after receiving tips that a gang was guarding drug plots in the area.

It said an estimated 221,000 poppy plants were destroyed in the raid.

Poppy plantations are in Mexico are usually smaller plots located in the remote mountains of Guerrero state in the south, or the mountains of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Durango states in the north.

It is rare to find such a large plot so close to the capital.


Updated : 2021-09-27 10:15 GMT+08:00