3 p.m., Nov. 20
Baja continues huge seizures of narcotics, Mexico questioning U.S. states legalizing marijuana
The Baja California Attorney General’s Office (La Delegación de la Procuraduría General de la República or PGR) released results from police and military seizures that occurred during the month of October on Wednesday, November 14th. The announcement comes on the heels of Mexico and other Latin American countries questioning the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state in the United States.
The PGR announced in a press release that 5.6 tons of marijuana, 14.7 kilos of heroin, 14.1 kilos of cocaine, and 333 grams of methamphetamine were seized in the month of October. The police and military forces of the state also seized 155 vehicles, 218,000 pesos, 83,000 US dollars, and arrested 273 suspects during the course of the operations.
The Mexican Army also seized 7.4 tons of marijuana on November 5th in Tijuana, as reported by the San Diego Reader.
Baja California has consistently led Mexico in massive drug seizures in recent years and the effort is now being questioned as marijuana has been legalized in two U.S. states. Both current President, Felipe Calderon, and incoming President Enrique Peña Nieto, believe that legalization is jeopardizing Mexico’s effort in the war on drugs. Peña Nieto has however previously stated he would steer Mexico’s drug efforts away from seizures and more towards safety for citizens.