TIJUANA, Mexico — Mexican security forces seized 105 tons of US-bound marijuana in the border city of Tijuana on Monday, by far the biggest drug bust in the country in recent years.
Soldiers and police grabbed the drugs in pre-dawn raids in three neighborhoods after police arrested 11 people following a shootout, army Gen. Alfonso Duarte Mujica said at a news conference.
The marijuana was found wrapped in 10,000 packages, which were displayed to journalists by soldiers in masks. Duarte said the drug had an estimated street value in Mexico of 4.2 billion pesos, about $340 million.
The bust began when Tijuana municipal police on a routine patrol came under gunfire from a convoy of vehicles. One police officer and one suspect were injured.
Police arrested 11 people who were traveling in the convoy and called the army and state police for reinforcement, Duarte said.
The detainees led the security forces to three different Tijuana neighborhoods where the drugs were found in tractor trailers and houses.