World’s Biggest Marijuana Plantation was found in Mexico in the Baja California desert. This plantation might be considered the largest weed farm ever and is most likely linked to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and his Sinaloa cartel.
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Hidden under black screen-cloth netting in the middle of the remote areas of the Baja California desert, about 200 miles, or 320 km south of San Diego and the US border, near the town of San Quintin, was were Mexican soldiers discovered in 2011 the largest marijuana plantation in the country’s history, and possibly in the world. The plantation stretched over more than 300 acres or 120 hectares, which is more than 168 times larger than the soccer field in Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium.
The army general Alfonso Duarte said “this is the biggest marijuana plantation we have found in the country” and told that the screening, which is often used by regular farmers to protect crops from too much sun or heat, made it difficult to smell what was growing underneath. Because it was only when soldiers on the ground reached the isolated desert area that they found thousands of pot plants as high as 2.5 meters tall or almost 8 feet, while the average height of the plants were about 1.5 meters or about 5.5 feet tall.
General Durante said that there were approximately 60 people working on the farm, but that they all fled when they saw military personnel approaching.
It’s estimated that the huge farm, that looks like a huge asphalt area from the air, could have harvested around 120 tons of marijuana that would be worth around 160 million dollars! Along with installed toilet facilities for the workers, some wooden outbuildings build for the people caring for the plants, which btw are dwarfed by the size of the crop, the plantation had a sophisticated water pipe and irrigation system that was fed by two wells in able to support the growth of the plants.
It’s still unsure of who or which cartel stood behind this massive plantation, but it’s believed that it could have belonged to recently captured Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and his Sinaloa cartel, as they were known to operate territory in the area of where this plantation was found.
Mexican military eventually destroyed the whole field by burning the plants, a process which took them a whole week.