Monday, May 2, 2016

Part 2: Narco Warfare Progression-50 Cal-RPGs-MANPADS

Lucio R. Borderland Beat Republished from Small Wars Journal
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Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #28: Redeye MANPADS Seized from La Linea in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua

by Robert Bunker

Key information:  “Tigers, weapons, and cars seized from La Linea in Chihuahua.” Borderland Beat. Friday 22 April 2016, http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2016/04/tigers-weapons-and-cars-seized-to-la.html. *Translation of La Opción de Chihuahua article by Texcoco De Mora:

Wounded criminals, criminals killed by police, six detainees, powerful missile launchers, Barret rifles, thousands of bullets, more than 20 stolen vehicles, drugs, tactical gear, cash and exotic animals were seized by the General Office of Chihuahua during an operation in several points of the city of Nuevo Casas Grandes.

Under the operation “For The Safety Of Casas Grandes” agents of the Attorney General seized powerful weapons such as rocket launchers, Barret rifles, over a thousand 300 cartridges, lots of tactical equipment, vehicles reported as stolen including modern sports cars, drugs and exotic animals, in addition to the arrest of six subjects, a cell belonging to organized crime…

Who: La Linea cartel operating in Chihuahua state, Mexico.

What: A Redeye MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System) 

in the possession of armed personnel belonging to La Linea. This system is part of a much larger group of weapons, ammunition, personnel protective equipment, and vehicles seized from a cell belonging to this cartel between 15 and 19 April 2016. Included in these seizures were assault rifles (Romanian 7.62 x 39), a machine gun (Browning .30 Cal), and a 50-caliber Barrett rifle (M107A1). This operation was conducted by militarized police belonging to the Fiscalía General del Estado (State Attorney General’s Office).

When: Saturday 16 April 2016.

Where: Recovered inside a stolen Blue GMC Yukon XL 2005 parked on the street outside some apartments by Jesus Urueta and Mata Ortiz streets, in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Why: The seizure was a component of the operation “For the Safety of Casas Grandes” (“Casas Grandes Seguro”) being conducted by the State Attorney General’s Office (Fiscalía General del Estado) against La Linea cartel.
Analysis: This cell appears to be an element of the larger Grupo Bravo de NCDJ (Nuevo Cártel de Juárez). While no NCDJ logos   were evident in the state police photos released, the seizure of the tigers—common NCDJ mascots—at the safe house at 4610 Plan Alemán street on Tuesday 19 April 2016 suggest a direct link. Further, this cartel enforcer unit commonly wears death imagery such as a skull bandana worn over the face. One of the operatives seized in the operation in a released photo is seen wearing a Santa Muerte pendant that is indicative of NCDJ death imagery/dark spirituality.  

The fact that La Linea/NCDJ has in its possession a MANPADS—even an older Redeye system from the late 1960s—is cause for much concern. Until this time, no visual conformation has existed that the Mexican cartels actually possessed a MANPADS unit. While an older Soviet MANPADS—likely an SA-7— was recovered on a local beach in Playa Bagdad in Matamoros, Tamaulipas in May 2009, it was not physically in the possession of a local cartel such as Cartel del Golfo or their Los Zetas enforcers. Further, a photo of it has never been released.[1] The Redeye system with its infrared red (IR) targeting and high explosive warhead is capable of shooting down Mexican military and federal police helicopters. It has an engagement range from about .5 km out to 2.7 km. This is the same system the U.S. initially provided fifty of to the Mujahideen in 1984 to be used against the Soviets during their invasion of Afghanistan. If more of these MANPADS, or even newer ones, should begin to show up in Mexican cartel arsenals, federal and military helicopters would be under increasing threat of destruction. Already, in May 2011, La Familia cartel in Michoacán engaged and damaged both federal police and military helicopters with .50 Cal Barrett rifles in two separate incidents.[2] Later, in May 2015, the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) engaged two Mexican military helicopters with Russian rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs)—shooting one down.[3]

With the addition of MANPADS, a cartel commando unit could create interlocking levels of anti-helicopter air defenses derived from small arms and Barrett rifles linked to RPGs and then to MANPADS at increasing stand-off distances.[4] The emergence of such a non-state opposing force (OPFOR) air defense system has long been a concern of my associate David Kuhn—a stand-off weapons expert—as it related to Terrorism Early Warning (TEW) group planning in the early 2000s, concerning terrorism potentials in the United States. The fact that the beginnings of such air defenses could now be established by some of the Mexican cartel commandos is significant and must be given serious consideration by Mexican federal authorities.        

Significance:  Anti-Helicopter, Cartel Weaponry, La Linea, MANPADS

References
[1] Robert Bunker, Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #14: Anti-Aircraft Mounted .50 cal. Machine Gun and Surface-to-Air Missile Recovered in 2009 (Archival). Small Wars Journal. 27 September 2012,
[2] Robert Bunker and Jacob Westerberg, “Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #19: Sniper Rifle Use in Mexico.” Small Wars Journal. 16 July 2013, http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/mexican-cartel-tactical-note-19-sniper-rifle-use-in-mexico.
[3] Joshua Phillip, “Mexico Police Unprepared for New Military Tactics From Cartels.” Epoch Times. 6 May 2015, http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1348151-mexican-drug-war-reaches-new-level-as-cartels-turn-to-military-style-attacks/.
[4] For an interview I provided discussing Mexican cartel acquisition and likely use patterns concerning surface-to-air missiles (SAMs)/MANPADS, see Chivis Martinez, “The Changing Mexican Drug War Brings New Challenges.” Borderland Beat. Sunday 23 December 2012,http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2012/12/the-changing-mexican-drug-war-brings_23.html?m=1.

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49 comments:

  1. The question is where do they get them from. Is there any U.S. Military weapons in the hands of Mexican Cartel.

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    1. The answer to your question is yes

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    2. If you still haven't heard 80%-90% of Mexican Cartel guns come from the US. Both legally(through gun dealers/US Govt and illegally traffickers/gun dealers/US Govt. It's funny how the gun manufactures & NRA pass laws making gun purchases easy on the 4 border states. (DEATH=$$$$$$$$)

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    3. Most of the weapons are AK-47's from China,imported by the shipping containers to Mexican ports.Every cartel has cuerna DE chivos,even the Autodefensas.

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    4. That 80-90% is BS. Cartels want better weapons than what they can buy from US gun dealers. Why buy a semiauto AR when you can get a full auto M4 for a lot less money and hassle? Majority of the weapons are traced to client states of Honduras and Mexico or from overseas conflicts, not from US gun dealers/manufacturers. Either black market or when federales switch sides and take their weapons with them.

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    5. Yes, maybe, no, the chinese are just the middle men, they are not the recipients of the 90% mark-up on the weapons, same as they do not receive much from the meth or opiates they traffick into mexico, and they still make enough money to stash around, I remember Mr Zhenli ye gone's 250 million dollars he had in his mexican house, maan, I would have bought soo many tacos with it...
      -But don't came here blaming the chinese, pendejo, too late...

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    6. @12:12, the 80-90% of guns the cartels have came from thr United States is a myth.Re-read the Stratfor Intelligence article from back in 2011 pertaining to arms seized in 2008.BB can even post it as Stratfor allows it and provides a link.@9:26 am understood it.30,000 firearms were seized from criminals by Mexican authorities,information pertaining to 7,200 of them (24%) was submitted to the ATF,4,000 could be traced by the ATF,of the 4,000,some 3,480 (87%) were shown to have come from the United States.3,480 guns traced back the the USA is only 12% of the guns seized in Mexico during 2008 and less than 48% of all those submitted by the Mexican government to the ATF for tracing.This means that almost 90% percent of guns seized in Mexico in 2008 were not traced back to the United States.There is more,but I won't spoil the read.

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    7. There is a lot of leakage from the Mexican military to cartels; some intentional, some not.

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    8. Hell no. You can walk St Petersburg and Moscow and all pre 1994 armaments are available. 9:26- you have no clue about shit so don't lie about what you don't know pendejo

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  2. See what happens when I bring up Pablo.. I say again....

    Mexico still has a ways to go before becoming a true narco state. I've yet to see hired guerillas Storm los Pinos, down a commercial airliner, or start using public transportation buses to bomb places.... and If this shit keeps up where these little narco fuckers are armed to the teeth and with sophisticated weaponry, mark my words..... Sit back relax and enjoy the show America, the Mexican government is ensuring they keep the people weak and stupid with no guns and plenty of futbol and novelas, while the Mexican government sells its backside to anyone with money....

    Before anybody says "the US will never let that happen" let me just say LOL

    And motherfuckers ask why Mexicans are coming to the US by the millions, risking life and limb crossing deserts and rape and extortion infested borders...

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    1. Excellent communication skills. Mexicans like myself came to America for a better chance at life...mexico is hell. I remember going to sleep hungry waking up hungry scare of the not being able to get a job...trump is not the mexican people but the mexican government # fuck pena nieto

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    2. By the way - Mexicans aren't coming to US by the millions. Speak factually if u make claims

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    3. 5:06 one by one or a dozen at a time, it's getting done...
      --Aqui estamos, no nos vamos y aqui nos quedamos, by the millions now...

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    4. 75% of the illegals entering the US thru the southern border are considered OTM (Other Than Mexican). That info comes staright from ICE. Every FaFo thinks "Mexican" when they see a brown face crossing the border or getting caught by BP. There are probably more African and Asians crossing the southern border illegally than there are Mexicans. And guess what most African and Asians cross the border in....cars. Do you know why??? Because they aren't Hispanic. They don't fit the stereotype or the racial profile. Mexicans tend to come to the US these days more prepared and do it a lot smarter then the old days. They get visas in order to come here. They work the system. Visitors visas, student visas and work visas. Not all of them but I must say a vast majority I've dealt with have. You won't hear this on Fox News or in Donald Trump speeches. The further a person lives from the southern border they tend to be more ignorant about the facts of illegal immigration.

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  3. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," is not a foreign policy directive that has been beneficial for our globalized society. These apocalyptic weapons don't simply disappear after their intended use. USA: stop supplying weapons to radicals.

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    1. Give me a damn break @ McM 9:46....USA is not the only country in the world supplying arms to 3rd world countries and radicals. Russia, China, England and France round out the top five (not necessarily in that order) of the largest weapons manufactures and suppliers in the world. And there are a host of smaller countries that make and sell their weapons too. Even though the USA has lost its morals since
      WW2, it is still the country that most admire and aspire to be and there is no arguing that point.

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    2. Not countries - enterprenuers no different than cartels. The world is full of self absorbed capitalists. The gringos that bitch about Mexico here are only jealous they aren't part of the money machine their children feed. Thank god I am and my kids no better than to use drogas. LOLATW2B!!

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    3. LOLAVAIS, The biggest or the cartel suppliers know it is important to make money for themselves, they need to kick a lot of it back to the Party and the NRA and the Washington gun lobby...
      --planting other foreign suppliers in the middle, is a false positive, like H&K from germany, us dealership, German license to mexico= cheap labor, same legal earnings, mexican fault.

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    4. 6:03am- Jaja! Good one! This is LOLAVAIS - and you are 100% correct. The strings are pulled from the US, to DF, then at the bottom are the supposed mega-kingpins. It's very sophisticated corruption that points the finger away from those profiting most and it was a trade learned and perfected by New York families like the Astors and Forbes smuggling ships of opium since early 1800s. US politicians, banks, and financial services see more profit from illicit drugs than all the other parties. City of London and Hong Kong too. That's why the money launderer MIGHT get 3 to 5 at ClubFed but the mule with 20 kilos cocaina, heroine, crystal that is paid only 2-3 thousand to just mule from Laredo to Chicago gets 10 to 20 in state prison hell. Club Fed Is nice (I liked Butner best) - did my four, out by 33 and LOLATW2B. God bless capitalism and US corruption:)

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  4. Doesnt matter what type of weapon you have , what matters is that you know how to use
    -pistolero de manuel torrez-

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    1. Ya lo mataron al pendejo de Manuel Torres (el ondeado) your probably all ondeado too thinking your his sicario lol

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  5. Most weapons come from war conflict nations aka middle east ,africa,south america, the cartels have so much money that practically they could be bought anywhere with corruption ....now that is scary I'm not trying to jump on the Republican van wagon ok!!! Imagine what they could do ?? along the border, immigration choppers ,dea planes, civilian jets, all to prove a point, because that is the way of cartels, just like when they leave chopped off heads with a message.but now they have the ability to really make a point.

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    1. I know exactly how you feel and I am Republican but not a trump republican. I have always been responsible and careful with my opinions here at BB, but his absolutely a game changer.

      I wrote much of what you have written on the Part 1. What is very concerning from a U.S. perspective. is the locality of the weapons....on the Border

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    2. Why are you worrying about the Cartels south of the border? You do realize that the cartels are already here on US soil right. No not all Cartels are mexican you have whites,blacks,Italians columbian,Cuban,Puerto Rica. The real question you should be asking your self. Who buys all the drugs that come into the US? Who has the money to pay for all those drugs. How do they get across the border and who allows this to happen

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    3. @805pm I'm concerned about the cartels because I live in el paso texas ok!!which happens to be next to mexico, yes I realized that the cartels are on American soil but thank good for the police dept swat team and the marines if needed, I'm not concerned about cartels of others ethnic backgrounds mainly because they have no power in america those days are over for the mafia they are more like gangs. and about the question about who buys the drugs is a cultural problem in america we work to hard and we party hard, legalized it please !!!

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    4. This fear of anybody that is a perceived threat is why the Avengers would never exist in America if they could. They would always be concidered a risk for society and the government would hunt them down and or inprison them outnof fear. If cartels wanted to blow up shit for the sake of doing this they already woild have on El Paso TX or any other city in the U.S. fuckin cowards!

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    5. @2:16 if you lived in El Paso you would automatically know that Ft. Bliss is an Army base. Marines are not stationed there. - El Sol Perdido

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    6. Keep on telling yourself that 2:16. They have enough power that with a flick of a finger they can kill anyone and their is not one thing law enforcement can do about it they may catch the person who killed the target but 7 times out of ten the man gets away. The only people who may be untouchable are the 1%.

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    7. Wuuuh, the mexican marinas may blow the WTC in El Paso...
      Why did the "most powerful nation in earth" have to put their el pinchi paso city right next to them mexicans in Cd Juareeez having so many other places available?
      And then, el paso is full of mexicans, if it wasn't for fort Bliss there would be no pinchis gringos there crying over their fouled up city.

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    8. I'm from El Paso TX also and I don't agree that the cartels would blow up anything. Just because they are labeled terrorists and do have high powered weapons cartels are an entirely different breed of people. P.S. EPT is not fouled up - fuck you @4:26

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    9. 7:47 como no, it is right there across the river from cd juareeez, for me that is facked up enough, but the worst part is it is in "tejas" uuugh, guacaras...

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  6. I suppose these advanced weapon is more likely to come from another country then straight from US. It could origin from US but more likely b(r)ought from a country with less control. There is also a big black market in Asia and Europe for these kind of weaponry and surely much easier to smuggle into Mexico from south of US border.

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  7. So it makes me wonder if these kind of weapons R gonna B kommon? Like when the 50kal startD now it seems every 1 has a 50kal

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    1. The TEMO, stop murdering the English language, cabrón, i'm a start suspecting you do it on purpose...
      --Nobody benefits from drug traffickers' money like american arms dealers, and the moment they get paid, it is all clean money, that includes army surplus dealers of second hand, the best is when they sell their goods to poor countries at exaggerated prices helped by mordidas and kickback...
      --I remember Genarco Garcia Luna being accused of re-selling squad cars he stripped of their radios and then selling the radios too, and maintenance contracts, that came included in the sale, all a "gift" from the Mierda Accords. he sold them again, but the US keeps harboring this greedy mass murdering genocida extorter mexican bastard rat, why?

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    2. EL TEMO /THE TEMOMay 5, 2016 at 10:24 PM

      2 my anonymous parriente my bad about the writing but I got use 2 it :). ....N great input on your part my kompita :)

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    3. Ok temo, you are one more of these THICK SKINNED COMPAS, we are going places, other pinchi cabrones get to crying foul to their mommy if somebody calls them names and go waaaah, mommy! at the sight of blood, yer welcome...

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  8. Can they then finally label these cartels caught with them terrorists and send in the US troops to then clean house as obviously Mexico can't or should I say WON"T!

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    1. Exactly! Cartels are terrorist.

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    2. How long has the US troops been fighting in the middle east? With no results? What you really mean is this; let the US send it's troops while they fund them at the same time until eventually Russia gets tired of their incompetence and decides to move in and actually do something good.

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    3. Can-Can Canna, the US should take all their beloved mexican politicians to the US and put them on welfare, and leave mexico alone with their sabritas, we don't need to stack up mexican corruption with amerikkkan military...

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  9. Not terrorists more like insurgents funded by American $

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    1. 4:55 and just wait and see when the US gives them rebels poison gases to blame syrian emperor assad...or Nicolas maduro...

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  10. All these weapons had gps thats why they got busted. All these weapons were seized by mexican customs a month ago but a 30 truck convoy showed up and got the weapons back. This was a plot to capture members of la linea.

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    1. 10:47 they "may" have caught some linias, but they did not return any money to anybody, also it did not start with this case, in the 70's...

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    2. Boy Howdy 10:47.

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  11. The rightful drug lords are the CIA. They're into some sinister dark stuff. Watch Jacob's Ladder. It explains how the MK-Ultra drugs were tested on US military personel duri g the Vietnam War. The War on drugs are pretty much the same, a continuation of the MK-Ultra on a more complex and dark ways... Truly feel sorry for this generation..

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    1. 10:18 !!! What, that is secret stuff, how did you find out? I'm reporting your ass to Obamanos, but he is probably knows already with his BIIIG LISSENIN' EARS, try to be near some embassy in case they want to arrest and deprogram you of a few "grams"

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  12. The Juarez Cartel and La Linea are the smarter cartel because they don't try to take over othed cartels plazas. They stay in their areas where they have political protection. You won't see them going into plazas outside of their home base unless they assist other cartels. That is why they have been able to purge the CDS from most of Chihuahua.

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  13. Chivis,
    Have you had a chance to listen to Alex Jones' interview with CIA contractor, Tosh Plumblee, or Marine Col. Matt Smithmec, how the US' weapons transfers via "Fast and Furious" have turned commercial over the years and have been linked to the transfer of these weapons from Mexican cartels/military to "opposition" forces in Syria and Iraq? If you get a chance, I recommend it. Here are the interviews:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6pju2IsYqM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgXhevk79O4 (starts @ min 25)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGiZyb2WSKs
    Can this be something linked to a bigger plot in the geopolitical spectrum?
    Love your work, please respond.
    Thanks

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