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Security officials: Mexican cartels could use drones armed with explosives to attack rival inside the U.S.

October 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Security officials: Mexican cartels could use drones armed with explosives to attack rival inside the U.S.

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Mexican authorities stopped four men traveling a stolen pick-up truck and found a drone carrying an explosive device in the car, causing top security officials and experts to express concerns that drug cartels may have figured out how to arm drones to attack rivals — including those inside the U.S.

JammedUp News first reported that Mexican Federal officers discovered the drone fastened to the IED last week during a traffic stop in the central state of Guanajuato, where several organized crime groups are known to operate, including the Los Zetas, Sinaloa, and Jalisco New Generation Cartels.

Besides the drone, officers recovered phones, an AK-47 and ammunition.

An improvised explosive device was attached to the drone, 3Dr Solo Quadcopter, that could reportedly be set up with a remote control. It was unclear if the four men were members of any criminal organization. The drone had a range of about half a mile, but modifications would have permitted it to fly farther.

Earlier this year, top security chiefs cautioned Congress that cartels and terrorist groups could use drones to strike targets within the U.S., The Washington Times reported.

Cartels have used “potato bombs,” which is a round-shaped device with shrapnel and an explosive device inside. However, this was the first reported use of a drone with a bomb.

U.S. authorities were aware cartels used drones to transport drugs into the U.S., but the use of explosives would be a serious development, Fox News reported.

In August, the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended a man picking up 13 pounds of meth that was dropped by an unmanned aerial device in southern California.

Meanwhile, FBI and National Counterterrorism officials told Congress in September that they were worried about ISIS terrorists using weaponized drones to attack the U.S.

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