Tales from the Marijuana Fields
This just is: there’s a lot of weed out there.
Via the BBC: Peru burns record 50-tonne marijuana haul
Police in Peru say they have destroyed more than 50 tonnes of marijuana.
In an operation lasting five days, the police say they located a record 207,000 marijuana plants in two central regions of the country.
According to a report released this week by the US Office of National Drug Control Policy, Peru is the top cocaine producer in the world, followed by Bolivia and Colombia.
Analysts say that little is known about Peru’s marijuana production.
Peru’s Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza said the police operation had led to the burning of 17 times more marijuana than had been destroyed in the whole of 2011.
Well, if they found and burned that much, I bet that means they have made a huge dent in supply. Right? I mean, it’s a record!
Meanwhile, in the land of potatoes (which, coincidentally, is actually the Andes): 1,100 marijuana plants found in Idaho corn field
Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall says deputies and Idaho State Police investigators uprooted about 1,100 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $2.2 million on Wednesday. The grow operations were within about a two-mile radius of each other.
Detective Rick Cowen says none of the land owners were aware the marijuana plants were growing on their property.
Cowen says growers plant marijuana in the corn fields because they’ll be irrigated along with the corn.
McFall says his office decided to do some flights searching for marijuana grows after about 6,500 plants were found in a corn field in Gooding County last week. He says they plan more flights.