(Natural News) Law enforcement officers have been fighting Mexican cartels wanting to smuggle drugs into the U.S. In turn, the cartels have devised a number of ways to outsmart authorities in the U.S. and Mexico. But the war on drugs has now taken a different turn as cartels utilized drones for both surveillance and offensive purposes.
An incident just over a month ago in Mexico’s Michoacan state showed the cartels’ use of weaponized drones for nefarious reasons.
State law enforcement officers were clearing blockades placed by feuding cartels along the highway in the town of El Aguaje as part of a routine operation when a drone suddenly flew over police officers and dropped a gunpowder bomb, wounding two in the arms and legs.
Mexican officials said they believe the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) was responsible for the April 20 attack. The CJNG had upgraded its arsenal by including weaponized drones to fight its adversaries. But not to be outdone was its main rival Carteles Unidos (CU), which also tapped drones in its war against the larger CJNG.
Mexican Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval also pointed his fingers at CJNG for the incident. He added that the person who used the drone against Michoacan law enforcement was arrested. During a briefing in Mexico City, the secretary acknowledged that such attacks were concerning – but “haven’t been as effective” as the cartels would like.
Sandoval noted that the drones used by cartels cannot carry sufficient explosives to seriously injure a person or destroy a building.