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Mexican Drug Cartels’ Newest Weapon: Weaponized Drones

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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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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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