17 votes Drug cartel now assassinates its enemies with bomb-toting drones Posted April 16 by skybrian Tags: mexico, drones, crime, drug trafficking, murder, bombs, drug cartels https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/36013/mexican-drug-cartel-now-assassinating-its-enemies-with-improvised-explosive-toting-drones Link information This data is scraped automatically and may be incorrect. Authors Joseph Trevithick Published Aug 28 2020 Word count 872 words 4 comments Collapse replies Expand all Comments sorted by most votes newest first order posted relevance OK nukeman April 16 (edited April 22) Link Not surprising. Weaponization of homemade or consumer drones is only going to continue increasing. One episode of Robert Evan’s great podcast It Could Happen Here chronicles ISIS use of both... Not surprising. Weaponization of homemade or consumer drones is only going to continue increasing. One episode of Robert Evan’s great podcast It Could Happen Here chronicles ISIS use of both commercial (in particular, the DJI Phantom) and homemade drones. One of the Iraqi generals he interviews says those were one of the only things he feared. 7 votes jwr April 17 Link Reminds me of this YouTube video warning of a rather frightening possible future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlO2gcs1YvM Reminds me of this YouTube video warning of a rather frightening possible future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlO2gcs1YvM 5 votes skybrian (OP) April 16 Link From the article: [...] [...] [...] From the article: A civilian self-defense militia in the city of Tepalcatepec, in Mexico's southwestern Michoacan state, reportedly recovered two dozen explosive-laden quadcopters from a car that a team of sicarios – cartel hitmen – had apparently abandoned, possibly after a failed or aborted hit, on July 25, 2020. The bombs attached to the drones consisted of Tupperware-like containers filled with C4 charges and ball bearings to act as shrapnel. [...] As of July, American authorities estimated that CJNG was responsible for the movement of approximately one-third of all drugs from Mexico into the United States. It has also been working to expand its operations into Europe and Asia. [...] There were reports in April that CJNG had been dropping improvised explosive devices from small, conventional manned aircraft in attacks on members of the Tepalcatepec self-defense militia. The cartel apparently dropped this tactic quickly after Mexican authorities stepped up aerial surveillance in the region and has since shifted to using the diminutive drones. [...] It's not surprising at all that CJNG, especially, has turned to small unmanned systems as a means of carrying out its various violent campaigns throughout Mexico. Mexican cartels, among other criminal groups, have already been using them to carry drugs over walls and past other barriers, as well as conduct surveillance. There have been more sporadic reports of other cartels using small explosive-armed drones since at least 2017, too. 3 votes Apos April 17 Link That's a line that they shouldn't have crossed. They might be a cartel but aren't drones a bit too far? Surely that changes the whole game even for them? That's a line that they shouldn't have crossed. They might be a cartel but aren't drones a bit too far? Surely that changes the whole game even for them?