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More Than 100 Tons of Marijuana Seized in Mexico

Soldiers and police officers escort detainees after a conjoined operation with the army, local and state police seized 105 tons of U.S.-bound marijuana in Tijuana, Mexico, 18 Oct 2010

Mexican security forces have seized 105 tons of marijuana in the border city of Tijuana, the largest drug bust in the Latin American nation in recent years.

Authorities say the drugs were seized Monday during a series of raids conducted by soldiers and police in three neighborhoods that led to the arrest of 11 people. Army General Alfonso Duarte said the marijuana carried a street value of more than $340 million.

Duarte said the marijuana was wrapped in 10,000 separate packages, and labeled with various signs and logos. He said the drugs were being prepared for shipment and distribution to the United States.

Mexican military forces have been engaged in a brutal struggle against the country's violent drug cartels. Nearly 30,000 people have been killed in Mexico's drug war since President Felipe Calderon took office in late 2006 and began cracking down on the cartels.