Mexican Drug Cartels’ Newest Weapon: Weaponized Drones
The newest development in the drug war destroying countries across South and Central America are drones equipped with deadly force such as bombs and nails. The cartels are using the makeshift weapons to take out their enemies at an increasing rate, according to the New York Post.
These weapons have become popular with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel — the group responsible for around one-third of drugs in America, according to a Forbes report.
“This cartel is well on its way to institutionalizing the use of weaponized drones,” Director of research and analysis at C/O Futures, a California-based consulting firm Robert Bunker told Forbes. “None of the other cartels appear to presently even be experimenting with the weaponization of these devices.”
Bunker said drones have been used across Mexico since 2017. According to Mexican paper El Universal, farmers recently found crashed drones with C4 bombs and ball bearings attached to them.
The New York Post also reports about a Mexican government official’s home being targeted by weaponized drones, though no one was home at the time.
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