According to a report by Breitbart News, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) helicopter operating in U.S. airspace during an operation to interdict narcotics along the Mexican border in Texas, was fired upon and forced to make an emergency landing. According to the report, the helicopter was operating in an area near the headquarters of the Los Zetas cartel in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
An unidentified federal agent told Breitbart News “U.S. Border Patrol agents were attempting to intercept a drug load. A law enforcement chopper was assisting Border Patrol agents. The chopper received gunfire from the Mexican side of the border. The chopper had to do an emergency landing due to the gunfire.” There are no reports of injuries in the incident.
The level of violence along the border with Mexico has been on the rise, keeping residents in the area on edge as fighting between drug cartels spills into the United States. Just a month ago a Mexican military helicopter was shot down with a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, killing six of the 18 soldiers aboard. Drug cartels in Mexico have been growing more powerful and are clearly flexing their muscle.
Given the level of violence along the border, as well as a publicly stated plan by ISIS to move a nuclear weapon into the United States by way of Mexico, common sense would dictate that the administration would take immediate and decisive action to secure the border. Taking such action however, would run counter to everything the administration is trying to do, so it is unlikely to happen. I suppose the Los Zetas are just another “JV team”.
The problem is that when one JV team such as ISIS is working in coordination with another JV team like the Los Zetas, they could easily become a problem that is no longer “manageable”. The same corridors used to move narcotics will be used to move a nuclear weapon, and we had better be prepared to stop it.
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