Mexico’s Cartels Have a Deadly New Weapon

SCI Instructor Dr. Robert Bunker spoke with The Daily Beast about how Mexican drug cartels are beginning to employ weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in fights between criminal organizations. A UAV equipped with an improvised explosive device was recently discovered among other weapons carried by members of an organized criminal organization in Mexico’s Guanajuato state. The article reads in part:

Robert Bunker
SCI Instructor Dr. Robert Bunker

“The finding of an armed UAV ‘represents a clear firebreak for the Mexican cartels,’ Bunker told The Daily Beast.

‘It would offer them a lot of new combat potentials if similar weaponized drones began to proliferate [and] an offensive advantage when they went up against Mexican federal police and military units,’ Bunker said.

‘This would be somewhat similar to the advantage ISIS had over Iraqi and Kurdish forces,’ when they began using bomb-equipped drones in large numbers a few years ago.”

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