By KELIN DILLON
Reports from Mexico’s federal intelligence have revealed the country’s numerous cartels, including the violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, have recently expanded into using drones equipped with explosives and various other technologies to aid them in drug trafficking.
The new drone weaponry allegedly comes from a small group of seven people that distributes the deadly drones to cartels all around the country, with the leader of the organization obtaining the goods stolen from the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) in Mexico City and the State of Mexico (Edoméx). According to the report, the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel in Guanajuato has begun arming its drones with C-4 explosives, which are only manufactured in the United States.
Likewise, the cartels have reportedly begun using underwater submarines to transport their narcotics and other products across and outside of Mexico via seas and rivers without detection. In January 2020, the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) intercepted one such sub filled with 106 packages of cocaine loaded inside.
The cartels have apparently also created their own closed service surveillance systems in cities across the country to monitor the movement of authorities and better plan their tactics, including in huge hubs like Monterrey.