MEXICO CITY - Agence France-Presse
Soldiers remove a tombstone to display marijuana packages in Camargo. REUTERS photo
Soldiers found more than two tons of marijuana hidden in graves in a cemetery in northeastern Mexico, the defense ministry said Saturday. Soldiers on patrol in the village of Los Villa Nueva, just outside the border town of Ciudad Camargo, found 241 packages of marijuana hidden in two graves under stone slabs.
The Mexican military said the total find weighed 2,241 kilos.
Ciudad Camargo is one of the most violent districts in the country, as the remnants of the once powerful Gulf drug cartel battle the paramilitary Zetas gang for control of lucrative drug smuggling routes into the U.S.
More than 50,000 people have been killed in Mexico’s crackdown on the country’s cartels since President Felipe Calderon took office in late 2006.