09 June 2011

Mexican Cartels Manufacture and Deploy 'Narco Tanks' in Ever-Escalating Drug War

 1" thick armor... gun turrets... built-in battering rams

Photo: Miranda Informativa

What to do when RPG's, AR-15s, and land-mines can't kill your rivals fast enough? When the mass-graves and gory piles of severed heads don't spook 'em like they used to?

How about some narco tanks, vato...?

In a multi-lateral conflict that keeps getting worse as Mexican drug cartels war over control of lucrative smuggling routes, government forces have captured two jerry-rigged "tanks" in separate incidences: built on American truck chassis and protected by heavy, sloping armor and bulletproof glass, the media in Mexico has been quick to dub them the "Monsters".

Although they more closely resemble a homemade APC, the ungainly vehicles are heavily armed, with rotating gun turrets, rams, myriad gun ports, devices that pour oil or nails on the road... think Mad Max meets James Bond. They are soundproofed and air-conditioned, can carry 12-20 armed men, and are built to withstand up to .50 caliber weaponry or a grenade blast.

While these 'narco tanks' are not tracked vehicles, they cartels have created some pretty formidable contraptions here, whatever you want to call them. To this point, they have not been used against Mexican troops, but only to attack and intimidate rivals... 


Of course, Mexican and Columbian drug mafias have previously produced homemade, one-use (throw away) submarines to bring cocaine to North American markets, and just last year snapped-up large passenger jets at auction prices only to dump them in the African desert packed with cocaine bound for Europe... so nothing should surprise us coming from these people anymore:


Alas, the human cost has been ghastly: the ongoing drug war in Mexico has already killed five times more people than US fatalities for the whole of the Iraq War... even record busts/confiscations can't seem to put a dent in the perpetual carnage on America's southern border.



10 comments:

Zilla/MJ said...

But hey, let's keep the border wide open, lest we hurt the feelings of the CRIMINAL ALIEN INVADERS!

Libertarian Advocate said...

Of course we could put an end to that drug almost immediately by decriminalizing drug use and treating it as the medical problem that it is. But where's the profit in that?

Libertarian Advocate said...

meant to say: ...put an end to that drug almost immediately...

Libertarian Advocate said...

hmmmm ???? drug war

Reaganite Republican said...

LibAd, that's... very.... Libertarian lol

What's wrong with a freaking WALL?

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I still say we put our troops on the border, declare war, and march south.

Reaganite Republican said...

I think the oil's pretty much depleted, nothing left worth taking lol

Matt said...

I beleive that our military has many useful tools for taking out such vehicles. Why don't we put some on the border?

Lisa G in NZ said...

Matt has the right idea...!

Or we could confiscate these vehicles and use them a) in the next road warrior movie - picture California is its own country where all the liberals are now in-fighting with Mexicans trying to escape their border into the country of the Center-Right-NEW-USA where normal people live... or b) used at county fairs across the state for their smash 'em up derbies...

ta

Reaganite Republican said...

Creative!!!

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