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Mexican Cartel Crashes Drone IED into Home of Border State Security Chief

  • Jul 11, 2018
  • Categories: Counter Drone News

Cartel gunmen are suspected of crashing a drone outfitted with grenades into the home of the Secretary of Public Safety of Baja California. The official was on his way to meet with U.S. consular authorities at the time of the attack. 

The attack took place in Tecate, Baja California, when the Secretary of Public Security Gerardo Manuel Sosa Olachea was on his way to meet with Sue Saarniola, the U.S. Consul General in Tijuana. En route to the meeting, Sosa’s security personnel was alerted about a drone flying over his home, El Semanario Zeta reported. State agents and military personnel collected the drone, which had a video system and two fragmentation grenades taped to it. 

In a statement, the state government revealed Sosa does not live in the house he has in Tecate; since he took office, he changed his job to the city of Mexicali. In the statement, the state claimed it would redouble efforts in fighting organized crime. In an interview with local media, Sosa ruled out any direct personal threats since he was appointed last October, although he suspects the attack is tied to drug cartels lashing out following various seizures and raids on narco-laboratories in the region. Authorities did not reveal arrests for the drone.

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