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Dagga found buried in graves

2012-07-29 08:56

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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  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-07-29 11:44

    If the sale of drugs were legalised, they would no longer be expensive nor would there be the violent crime and corruption associated with their distribution. Nor would their consumption increase; addicts do not buy a drug because it is easy or difficult to get, but because they are weak. We have never made smoking or drinking illegal as a private activity; if we tried, we'd see gang warfare spread to these commodities as well.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-07-29 12:17

      Very true, and it stands proven by the American alcohol prohibition of the 1930's, when mob violence was at its highest and the Mafia profited heavily off illegal alcohol sales and underground waterholes. Not everyone gets addicted to a substance, and most are capable of responsible moderation. There are scores of different types of addictions, from food to shopping addictions.

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-29 13:49

      Whilst I agree with you guys in principle about legalizing them, the social problems associated with drug abuse are pretty serious. Yes it would probably cut out the dealers but then again, you now be able to buy them from pick n pay. Imagine an employee taking a crack break. Would you be able to assign anything to them thereafter? In principle, it's definitely a good idea but the backlash is not worth the risk! Imagine how a taxi driver w

      Billy - 2012-07-29 16:15

      yea lennon, in the same breath you could currently say imagine an employee downing a halfjack of vodka in his break. time and place for everything, you cant be drunk at work, so its not like people would come to work on crack just because its legal. there are testing devices that touch your skin, that can tell within seconds if you have some form of narcotic in you. i also believe informing/helping/assessing people correctly instead of shunning them would do the world of good. if you start telling people that running into a wall at full speed is the most baddass and rebellious thing you can do, people will start doing it just for that reason.

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-07-30 08:26

      That is the best way to died

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-29 14:41

    There goes the myth; 'you can't take it with you!!'

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