The Ministry of National Security today announced that the Belize Defense Force in support of the police department has conducted major marijuana eradication operations in the northern and southern regions of the country. An official release says that the operations started in the first week of January and have resulted in the destruction of over thirty five thousand mature marijuana plants, nineteen hundred pounds of compressed marijuana and thirty pounds of marijuana seeds. During the operations, authorities say they discovered a twelve gauge and a sixteen gauge shot guns, however no persons were found in the marijuana fields.