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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Opium Poppy Farmers in Guerrero Accuse Soldiers of Theft, Vandalism

 "Parro" for Borderland Beat

Tuesday's confrontation between farmers and soliders in Heliodoro Castillo (source: MDN)

Opium poppy farmers in the Tierra Caliente region of Guerrero are accusing the military of violence, theft and destruction of property in retaliation for citizens banding together to prevent the soldiers from eradicating their illicit crops. Residents of Los Hoyos, located in the municipality of Heliodoro Castillo, say that after an initial confrontation on Monday forced the military to leave, the soldiers returned on Tuesday afternoon, beating residents, shooting up their cars and breaking into homes to rob them.

“Yesterday [Monday], the residents blocked [the military] and didn’t let them destroy the crops,” he said, “and today [Tuesday, the soldiers] arrived, took away families, beat them and I believe shot up cars; all this is very difficult,” one farmer told the newspaper Reforma.

The initial confrontation on Monday was caught on a video now circulating on social media, in which a group of men armed with sticks, machetes and stones can be seen shouting at the soldiers and throwing stones at them while women and children look on. When the soldiers returned Tuesday afternoon, residents said, they unleashed a wave of violence and destruction, only leaving after the church bells rang, a warning signal to others in the community, said one resident.

A farmer told Reforma that one person was severely beaten during the incident. The farmers said they would not back down from protecting their crops, which are their only means of viable income.

“We’re not going to let them destroy the poppy plants because the government doesn’t support us at all,” one farmer said. “They’re trying to placate us with despensas [provisions] and doing a poor job of repairing the highways.”

The military has been eradicating opium poppy crops for years in states such as Guerrero, Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Durango. Less than a month ago, a similar confrontation between farmers and the military occurred in San Miguel Totolapan.


Farmers from several communities confronted the military after the soldiers destroyed more than 50 hectares of crops. They demanded that the soldiers leave their communities for good and that the state and federal governments compensate them for their loss of income.

According to a farmer in San Miguel Totolapan interviewed by Reforma in January, a kilogram of opium paste currently sells for 8,000 pesos. Guerrero farmers have appealed to President López Obrador to legalize the cultivation of opium poppies for use in manufacturing pharmaceuticals. While the government appeared to be open to the idea, nothing on that front has moved forward. 

Sources: MND; Reforma


  1. So how much is a kilo of pure gum in US when its 400$ from farmers in Mexico

  2. Ladron que roba a ladron-en este caso mierdas- tiene cien años de perdon! Jajaja.
    Pongadnse a trabajar honestamente o dejen de andar de llorones culitos!

  3. Criminal accusations against the policía....


    1. 7:57 criminal police officers DO EXIST, you know them by their crimes, nobody is blaming every police officer for the crimes of a few...
      But police unions chose to defend their criminal members for the power they get, municipalities pay their insurance, defense, wages, payraises, uniforms, vehicles and impunity...but municipalities produce no money, they steal, rob, extort and collect it from the citizens they throw under the bus every chance they get...

  4. Im surprised their still growing this shit- price has to be rock bottom- last article i saw like this said it was around 800$- down from about 1300$

  5. Heroin and cocaine addicts have a lot more class than crack heads and foqueros, at first at least, the women used to be pretty too, give them a year or two to look like shit on the gutter straight from Kims lard ass.
    Poor meth head brokearses never had any class, and never will, just like the US "culture"


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