You can no longer call these cartels. They are small armies that control vast swaths of territory across Mexico. The Mexican Army is powerless to stop them. The weapons used in the war in Ukraine are now allegedly showing up right on the other side of our southern border. Our elected leaders at the state legislature and county board of supervisors/commissioners had better do something about this quickly. If these cartels decide to unite and cross over the southern borderline, our local sheriffs and border patrol would be dusted and rolled over in a heartbeat. They cannot stand up to this kind of firepower. Legislatures and county officials must start allocating resources to local sheriffs and police departments so they can immediately plus up with manpower and equipment against this possible eventuality. I have zero faith that the federal government would act quickly enough to stop an organized military engagement on our southern border.
Alleged armed members of a Mexican drug cartel were found and arrested on the Texas side of the Southern Border this week. According to Fox News, five people believed to belong to the Cartel Del Noreste were arrested Thursday in Fronton, Texas, by the Texas Department of Public Safety, National Guard, and Border Patrol.
Disturbingly, the group included some juveniles. Authorities said two men were armed with rifles, and several wore tactical gear.
Note: I confirmed with Sheriff Mark Dannels of Cochise County, AZ, that his Fusion Center is receiving reports of this type of weaponry now showing up on the southern border. Associates also spoke with Congressman Juan Ciscomani (6th Congressional District-AZ), who, although he knew nothing about any of this, said he would take this up as an issue at the federal level. The congressperson asked me where he could find this information, and I directed him to speak with Sheriff Dannels and get access to his Fusion Center. I am waiting to hear a follow-up from the Congressperson.
The first video depicts a cartel member carrying an AT4-M136. It is a shoulder-fired anti-tank weapon. It can punch through an armored vehicle and vaporize anyone inside. The US Military uses it. Sweden supplied fifteen thousand, and 6,000 provided by the United States for the war in Ukraine. (File Photos, US Army)
The second video depicts a small platoon of heavily armed cartel members. They carry heavy 50 caliber sniper rifles, RPG-7 or rocket-propelled grenades, and PKM or Polemist Kalashnikov Full Auto Machine Guns. Both are Russian-made and capable of incredible destructive firepower. Both are in heavy use in the war in Ukraine.
"Report: USA - Ukraine - Mexico
A video circulating on social media reveals a shooter of the Cartel Del Golfo, Mexico's oldest crime syndicate, carrying an M136 anti-tank missile on his shoulder, the type of which the US transferred in large quantities to Ukraine.
According to the assessment, the weapons were smuggled from Ukraine to Mexico into the hands of the cartel, whose stronghold is in the city of Tamaulipas, on the US border, from where the cartel also smuggles drugs into US territory. The weapons given to the Ukrainians by the US may now be used against US soldiers at the border with Mexico."
In the United States, some truck owners delight in modifying their rigs with oversized wheels, heavy-duty suspension kits, and soot-spewing exhaust systems, turning them into monster trucks that stalk organized events like demolition derbies and mud bogs.
In Mexico, drug cartels are taking the monster truck concept to another terrifying level, retrofitting popular pickups with battering rams, four-inch-thick steel plates welded onto their chassis, and turrets for firing machine guns.
Some of Mexico’s most feared criminal groups, including the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, use the vehicles in pitched gun battles with the police. Organizations like the Gulf Cartel and the Northeast Cartel use armored trucks to fight each other.
Mexican security forces call these vehicles monstrous (monsters), but they are also known as rhinoceroses (rhinos) and narcotanques (narco-tanks). Cartels emblazon the exteriors with their initials or the latest camouflage patterns, sometimes making them hard to distinguish from official military vehicles.
Flashy interiors of larger trucks feature front seats with a cockpit-like array of buttons and lights, metal seats from where gunmen can lean their rifles through holes, and, in the middle, a hatch like that of a tank.
As more trucks roll onto the streets of Mexico’s violent towns and cities, the vehicles serve as a prism to view the evolution of the country’s blood-soaked drug wars — whether with dread over the cartels’ capacity to outmaneuver efforts by the authorities to impose order or a grim recognition of the vehicles’ postapocalyptic “Mad Max” vibe.
The spread of the behemoths is more evidence that cartels will go to any length “to try to enforce by violent means their dominance against adversary gangs and authority,’’ said Jorge Septién, a Mexico City-based expert on ballistics and armaments.
They also highlight the country’s sputtering efforts against brutal criminal groups that operate with seeming impunity in many parts of Mexico.
According to Romain Le Cour, a security analyst, the armored trucks are among the more visible and intimidating enhancements to the lethal arsenal at the disposal of Mexico’s most powerful cartels.
Other weapons and arms include steel-penetrating Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifles, rocket launchers, and rocket-propelled grenades capable of shooting down military helicopters, drones fitted with remote-detonated explosives, and roadside anti-vehicle mines, used in an attack last month in Jalisco that killed six people.