Sierra de Guerrero. – A laboratory effort and almost five hectare coca plant They Start Destroying This Thursday, August 13th In Guerrero State, After the federal forces were located A plantation with an irrigation system and equipment for composting in the municipality Atoyak de Alvarez.
This was the cultivation of coca leaves 21 numbers found so farIn February last year, the Mexican military found the first such plantation in the country’s history.
In 2014, officials located a 1,250 square meter plot of land with 1,620 coca leaf plants in Tuxtla Chico, Chiapas, although without any indication that they tried to turn the plant’s leaves into coca base paste, a precursor to the end. powder
A young farmer who ran away suspiciously when he realized a military convoy was approaching was the clue that led the staff of the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) to a field of four coca leaf crops last Tuesday, March 9 .
The plant is endemic to the Andes, particularly Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. But for a year, as Sedena discovered, Mexican cartels began to venture into the cultivation of coca for its production, transformation, and distribution.
However, according to the evidence found by the Mexican army so far One can talk about the experiment phaseSince only planting has been detected but no recovery of coca base paste and/or transfer operations of stimulants has taken place.
“This is a very important issue that we should pay close attention to. We know that there are countries that are traditionally producers of cocaine. Certainly What they are doing recently in Mexico is an experiment to see if it is possible to produce this drug”, Told Infobae Mexico The commander of the 27th Military Field, Federico San Juan Rosales.
Within a farm located in the Sierra Guerrerens at an altitude of about 770 m above sea level, Several drums and drums were found for the process of turning coca leaves into a base paste—still hot—with chemical substances.which were made available and under the protection of Sedna.
Status of Guerrero has traditionally been a producer of opium and marijuana, But the discovery of the coca plant and a laboratory effort a year earlier were the first such findings in the unit’s history and nationally.
In 7 coca leaf plantations were found in 2021, while 14 crops have been recorded in the current year; although they may be more He gave detailed information to the Infobe Mexico commanders of the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena) in Guerrero.
destruction of plantations About 60 members of the Atoyac infantry battalion took part. De Alvarez under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Benito Hilario García Vázquez.
In none of the 21 crops discovered since February 2021, no one has been arrested for planting and It is also not known which criminal group is behind these experiments.
Despite the rise of opioids (especially fentanyl), Cocaine use in the United States remains a major source of income for Mexican cartelsFor both export and sell in the field itself.
According to unofficial prices of the drug trafficking market in Mexico in 2021, A kilo of cocaine costs about US$12,500, which translates to approximately 250,000 Mexican pesos. In addition, between 5 to 7 kg of medicine can be obtained from each hectare.
According to information received from the Mexican government, They currently work in Guerrero State including half a dozen criminal groups Guerreros Unidos, The Reds, the Family and the Independent Cartel of Acapulco; In addition to the presence of the Jalisco Nueva Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the Sinaloa Cartel.