Mexican cartels using drones to carry out explosive attacks: Former Border Patrol official

Mexican criminal organizations known as cartels are using drones to carry out violent attacks on the public and rival gangs south of the border, according to a former U.S. Border Patrol official.

Carl Landrum, retired chief of the Border Patrol’s Laredo, Texas, region who now works for counterdrone defense company Dedrone, testified before House lawmakers Tuesday afternoon that “dozens and dozens” of violent incidents in Mexico have been facilitated through the unmanned aerial systems.

“These are dangerous, offensive capabilities that are being utilized by the cartels,” said Landrum, vice president of civilian programs and strategy at Dedrone, during a border technology hearing before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security and Enforcement, and the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Accountability.

Last October, eight Colombians in Mexico were arrested after building drones with improvised
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