Mexican drug cartel uses drones to drop bombs on rivals (video) — Action News Now

Ultra-violent Jalisco New Generation cartel believed to be behind the attack

Several Mexican media outlets have released shocking footage of a drone allegedly operated by a cartel dropping bombs at what is said to be a rival camp.

A video, which appears to have been taken from the same drone that was dropping explosives, captured a large tent below, just moments before it was hit by the bomb. Seconds later, six residents were seen running for their lives, and the drone dropped more explosives. About 26 seconds into the second clip, the camera attached to the drone began spinning violently, leading some to conclude it may have been filmed from the ground.

The drone was operated by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the tent belonged to a rival camp in the state of Michoacán, Spanish newspaper El Pais Mexico reported. Other media claimed that the powerful criminal group was targeting local citizens who dared to prevent the cartel from taking over the territory. At least one person was reportedly injured in the blast, and the attack captured on camera was just one of a series of similar drone strikes in the area.

In December, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration described CJNG as “aOne of Mexico’s most violent and prolific drug cartels has been flooding the United States with fentanyl and methamphetamine.” it says”sabotage and destroy this organization“is one of them”highest priority,” and offered a reward of $10,000,000 for information leading to the arrest of the cartel owner, Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera Cervantes.

Michoacan has been at the center of a brutal turf war involving numerous criminal groups. However, the CJNG’s tactics stand out because it relies on highly militarized gangs using improvised armored trucks, heavy machine guns and grenades. To force local residents to their knees, the group launched a campaign of terror, deploying explosive-laden drones and laying corpses in front of the governor’s office.

Unbridled violence has forced nearly half of the population of Chinicuilla city, including the police, to flee since December. Some of those desperate have relocated to the neighboring state of Colima, according to Mexico’s Imagen TV channel. Others made their way into the U.S., notably Illinois and California.

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