A special Border Patrol unit assisted Mexican authorities earlier this week in raiding a huge marijuana grow site just south of the border from eastern San Diego County.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday the raid on the 13 square-mile site, which supported over 42,000 plants with a street value of $277 million.
On June 6, Mexican Polica Federal personnel located the site with assistance from U.S. intelligence resources, but were unable to access it due to inadequate roads and insufficient equipment.
Then on June 11, using 4×4 trucks and all-terrain vehicles provided by the United States, the Mexicans returned and successfully raided the giant marijuana farm.
“This significant drug seizure is an excellent example of the effective collaboration among law enforcement agencies in the United States and Mexico,” the CBP said in a statement.
The training and equipment were provided through the Border Patrol’s Bi-National Border Operations Academy program, which helps train personnel from both countries in new tactics and strategies, including intelligence gathering, situational awareness, target enforcement operations, building entry, land navigation, and first aid.
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