The "Golden Triangle" consists of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Durango and Guerrero where the concentration of poppy crops exist in Mexico -a region, which worldwide is the third largest producer of precursor drugs, according to government data federal and international bodies.
The report "Monitoring poppy cultivation in Mexico 2014-2015", conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in cooperation with Mexican authorities, indicates that in the aforementioned areas nestled in the Sierra Madre Occidental , as the community of Santa Rosalia, in the extreme poverty villages in which its citizens engage in its cultivation. Growers receive 100 to 150 pesos a day. (to 8 usd)
In addition to these states, the first official record of planting, publicly recognized by the Mexican government, presented last week realizes land devoted to the illegal cultivation of the plant in Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacán , Oaxaca and Chiapas, although to a lesser degree.
Nationally, the report gives account equivalent to 24,800 hectares -identified in 3 crop cycles average annual production.
After being harvested, the plant is sent to laboratories located in towns of Durango, Sinaloa and Durango. The poppy is the raw material for the production of drugs such as morphine, and heroin which are supplied mainly by Mexican cartels to the United States and Canada.
The World Drug Report 2016 , data recognized by the Mexican authorities, puts the country in third largest in poppy cultivation, only after Afghanistan and Myanmar, where for the same period respectively 183,000 and 55,500 hectares were planted.