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Mexico busts giant weed greenhouses in Jalisco allegedly run by team of Colombians

July 29, 2015
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Federal police officers discovered three huge greenhouses full of marijuana in Tlajomulco, Jalisco.

Mexican authorities discovered three enormous hauls of marijuana across the western states of Jalisco and Nayarit this week, including a sophisticated plantation with genetically modified crops allegedly run by a team of Colombians.

The apparent importation of expertise and the use of cloning methods indicates that Mexican marijuana producers may be responding to changes in the US consumer market by producing higher quality weed, experts and observers said. Authorities released footage of Mexican police uprooting the modified cannabis from pots dug into the ground and incinerating the plants at nighttime.

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The greenhouses were allegedly run by a team of 22 Colombian workers.

The first bust came on Saturday, July 25, when Nayarit state police discovered five vast pot plantations in the town of Rosa Blanca, close to the border with Jalisco. Officers also uprooted and incinerated the illicit crops, which reportedly weighed 149 tons and covered a space of 15,000 square meters.

The next day, Mexico’s National Security Commission, or CNS, announced the discovery of three giant greenhouses full of marijuana plants in the municipality of Tlajomulco, Jalisco, southwest of Guadalajara…

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The marijuana had been genetically modified to improve its size and quality.

Click here to read this feature in full at VICE News.

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