Friday, February 21, 2020

Narco Tanks, Narco weapons

A bungled police operation in Mexico that briefly led to the detention of Ovidio Guzmán López, a son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, revealed extremely heavily armed fighters, including some with American-made Barrett .50 caliber anti-materiel rifles and others riding in gun trucks packing .50 caliber M2 machine guns. Cartel gunmen brought to bear M249 Para light machine guns, along with the M72 LAW, a portable one-shot 66-mm unguided anti-tank weapon. The Sinaloa Cartel's response underscored just how heavily armed it is, and how capable they are of taking on Mexican military forces.
The hours-long firefight turned Culiacán into a war zone. Narco Tanks or 'Narco Tanques' in Spanish, first began to appear in 2010. The most popular Narco Tanks are modified trucks and SUVs with armor and weaponry.Barrett .50 caliber anti-materiel rifle.

The country's populist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador ran on a platform of "abrazos, no balazos" – "hugs, not bullets." One wonders how hugs stack up against modern military weapons. There was a new record high of 35,588 murders in Mexico last year.

See ----->Narco plane lands on Mexican highway in Quintana Roo