November 19, 2017

Mexico: Cartels are using explosive drones

The case has stoked fears drug cartels could soon target the U.S.

Mexican Federal Police arrested four men Oct. 20 in Guanajuanto who were driving a stolen vehicle equipped with a 3DR Solo Quadcopter drone attached to an IED, Small Wars Journal reported. The drone had a range of about half a mile, but modifications would have allowed it to fly farther.

Narco-Terror: Mexican Cartel Operators Busted with Explosive Drone

Gunmen belonging to a Mexican cartel planned to use a drone as a weapon by strapping an improvised explosive device to the popular flying tech. The new tactic was unveiled in a region seeing a sharp spike in cartel violence.

The drone was seized by Mexican authorities during a vehicle inspection in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato. Authorities stopped a white 2015 Mazda transporting an AK-47, ammunition, and a FLY 3DR drone with explosives attached. Inspectors found a cell phone they suspect would be used to detonate the device.

In the war between the Zetas and the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, another player,

The seizure comes at a time when members of Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) are working to take control of Guanajuato. The region was previously controlled by Los Zetas. A local cartel known as the Cartel de Santa Rosa de Lima, believed to be made up of Zetas, is openly challenging the CJNG. As Breitbart Texas reported, Guanajuato is a prized territory for the theft of fuel. The cartel violence has manifested itself in attacks against police officers to boost recruitment for the CJNG.

Mexican authorities consider the case a matter of national security.

Cross-posted at Fausta’s Blog.

Photo by Iker Merodio | Photography

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Fausta Wertz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She blogs at Fausta’s blog on American and Latin American politics, news, current events and culture.