Latest News Wires First coca plantation discovered in Mexico. Cutting out the middleman?

Previously, only labs that processed coca into cocaine had been found in Mexico - not plantations. The seizure of 1,639 coca plants raises concerns that it could be a test of the viability of reducing dependence on South American suppliers.

By , Associated Press

FREDY BUILES

The seizure of 1,639 coca plants in southern Mexico marks the first known instance of the raw ingredient for cocaine being cultivated in the country, Mexican and UN officials said Wednesday.