Blazed: Mexico Burns 134 Tons Of Confiscated Marijuana

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1||On Wednesday, Mexican authorities in Tijuana incinerated 134 tons of marijuana — from what they said was the largest pot bust in the county’s history. || Staff/Newscom&&

2||The New York Times reports that it will take two days to burn it all. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

3||The Los Angeles Times reports that, “At 4:40 p.m., an army general pushed a button, triggering an electrical charge that detonated gunpowder beneath the pile.” || Staff/Newscom&&

4||A drum and bugle corps played during the ceremony, according to the Los Angeles Times. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

5||The New York Times reports that the burned marijuana was the equivalent of a few hundred million joints, and the column of smoke was visible for several miles.|| Staff/Newscom&&

6||According to The Los Angeles Times, the drugs were discovered “after police intercepted a convoy of vehicles escorting a tractor-trailer” that had left a warehouse. Eleven people were reportedly arrested after a shootout with police and soldiers, and then, acting on information from the suspects, officials raided a warehouse and two homes. || Staff/Newscom&&

7|| A photograph of the marijuana, pre-burning. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

8||”There are indications that suggest that it belongs to the organization of the Pacific,” said Alejandro Poire, security spokesman for Mexican President Felipe Calderon, referring to the Sinaloa, or Pacific, cartel.||Newscom/Zuma&&

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