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2012-07-29 08:56

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Mexico City - Soldiers found more than two tons of marijuana hidden in graves in a cemetery in northeastern Mexico, the defence ministry said on Saturday.

Soldiers on patrol in the village of Los Villa Nueva, just outside the border town of Ciudad Camargo, found 241 packages of marijuana hidden in two graves under stone slabs.

The Mexican military said the total find weighed 2 241kg.

Ciudad Camargo is about 775km north of Mexico City just south of the Rio Grande, the river marking the border between the Mexican state of Tamaulipas and the US state of Texas.

The area surrounding Ciudad Camargo is one of the most violent districts in the country, as the remnants of the once powerful Gulf drug cartel battle the paramilitary Zetas gang for control of lucrative drug smuggling routes into the United States.

More than 50 000 people have been killed in Mexico's crackdown on the country's cartels since President Felipe Calderon took office in late 2006.

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