Mexico: Authorities uncover first evidence of Coca Cultivation , 1,639 plants seized in Chiapas, first time authorities aware of cultivation

Posted on September 10, 2014 • Filed under: Crime, Drug Activity, Mexico, Police/Military Activity AP reported the seizure of 1,639 coca plants in southern Mexico marks the first known instance of the raw ingredient for cocaine being cultivated in the country, Mexican and U.N. officials said Wednesday.

Mexico is home to various drug cartels that traffic large quantities of cocaine toward the United States, but coca itself is typically grown in the Andean region of South America.

“It is the first time this type of leaf has been discovered in Mexico,” said Mexican Gen. Sergio Martinez, commander of the 36th military zone in the southern state of Chiapas. Read Article


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