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Biggest Ever Marijuana Field Belonged to 'El Chapo'

EL CHAPO / 18 JUL 2011 BY RONAN GRAHAM EN

Mexico's Army has said that a 120 hectare marijuana farm, the largest ever discovered in the country, was owned by drug lord Joaquin Guzman, alias 'El Chapo.'

Military sources have revealed that the huge drug plantation was operated by the Sinaloa Cartel, headed by the infamous Guzman, according to media reports.

The marijuana fields were discovered in farmland off the Guerrero Negro-Ensenada highway in Baja California,

Soldiers detained 16 farmers working on the plantation, though it is thought that it had a workforce of over 100 people.

According to the government, the plantation had a capacity to produce 20 tons of marijuana each month.

On Friday, the army initiated the process of destroying the plantation. It is estimated that the eradication process will take 60 soldiers around 15 days to complete. (See video, below.)

President Felipe Calderon congratulated the Secretariat of National Defense for dealing a "big blow" to those who were operating the plantation.

The Sinaloa Cartel, once dominant in drug trafficking operations throughout Baja California, is now losing ground. Interpol recently stated that drug exports from the Sinaloa cartel have declined in recent years, as Zetas and other groups gain power.

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