New Information Emerges About Secret US Operation Aimed at Taking Down Mexican Drug Cartels

New Information Emerges About Secret US Operation Aimed at Taking Down Mexican Drug Cartels

New information emerging about a secret US operation aimed at taking down Mexican drug cartels.
New information emerging about a secret US operation aimed at taking down Mexican drug cartels.

The US spending billions, sending small aircraft south of the border to father intel on the drug lords.

For decades, the US supported Mexico in the Drug War, the DEA, ATF, Immigration and Customs but Operation Lowrider uses a US defense contractor with civilian pilots to fly props like those seen in this video, deep into Mexico.

It's a covert operation that began after the death of a US ice agent 2 years ago.

The planes, contracted by US Northern Command in Colorado, gather intelligence on Cartel leaders.

Equipped with advanced eavesdropping equipment, these "pattern of life" reconnaissance missions learn the schedules and routines of high level traffickers according the website "voc-active.com".

"They're highly trained.  They fly these planes in patterns that over a target's house and back of the plane are technicians who man the earphones and electronics the camera and so forth that are mounted on the plane."

The operation is not without risk.  2 US surveillance planes crashed on similar missions in Columbia 10 years ago.  One pilot was killed by Guerillas, the other kept in captivity 5 years.  Nevertheless, many veterans of the Drug War support it.

"It has been successful in identifying, eliminating, and bringing to justice those who brought tons and tons of drugs into the United States."

Asked to confirm Lowrider, US Northern Command said this. "We work closely with the Mexican Military and assist them whenever we can because it is in our best interest and theirs.  We have been involved in sharing equipment, information, and other activities.  However, information sharing is not something we discuss."

Now decapitating the Cartels and pattern of life recon are controversial.

Though in the last month, Mexico captured the head of the Zetas and the Tijuana Cartel.

The question is will the new president of Mexico continue this strategy.

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