Originally Posted by elsid13
This is seized armored vehicle being used by Mexico Drug Gangs.
Authorities in Jalisco, Mexico, recently seized this tricked-out 2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty truck, above, that had been transformed by drug gang members into an obviously DIY armored vehicle. The steel-plated "Z Monster," as the truck was called, could fit 20 men and was outfitted with a rotating machine gun turret.
Drug gangs are crafting armored "narcotanks" in order to battle the Mexican military--and each other. Security forces complain they're battling gangs that are better armed than they are. In Colombia, gangs have been caught using homemade submarines, and other cartels use ultra-light airplanes to transport drugs to the United States without grabbing the attention of the Border Patrol
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A favorite trick here is the drug cartels steal a gringo's light plane parked at some lonely airstrip in rural Mexico fly the drugs to the Atizona dessert and burn the plane when unloaded.
A friend told me a story that happened to a friend of his. The uy had just flown to his paradise home on a lonely beach somewhere in Baja Sur. There was a landing strip nearby the cluster of homes. the guy was awakened by the sound of a plane one night and commented to his wife, "That sounds like my plane". Sure enough he went out just in time to see his plane taking off. He figured the people he filed his flight plan with tipped of the drug cartel and they stole the plane. The drug cartels have so much money that is a poor country like Mexico they are almost impossible to stop. Currently the government is using the military to combat.
The drug cartels are a huge problem here never said they were not but to say all of Mexico is unsafe is just not true.