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Images show a Mexican cartel dropping bombs on rivals with a drone

New footage allegedly shows a large Mexican cartel dropping bombs on rival camps with a drone – marking the latest case of instability and violence in the region of a cartel that officials say is growing rapidly.

Several Mexican outlets have released the footage which allegedly shows a drone over a wooded area, dropping explosives at a camp below. People can be seen fleeing the area as bombs rain down on them and explode.

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El Pais reports that the drone was launched by the Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartel in Tepalcatapee, Michoacan and was one of several attacks launched by the cartel in different towns in the same region.

This is the last sign of cartel domination. A 2020 Washington Post report detailed how the cartel killed lawmakers, judges, cops and civilians and now controls the movement of more than a third of all drugs consumed in the United States.

In December, the Drug Enforcement Administration described the group, known as CJNG, as “one of the most violent and prolific drug trafficking organizations in Mexico, which inundated the United States with fentanyl and of methamphetamine, causing overdose and death of Americans ”.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, during his daily morning briefing, talks about the application of the Covid-19 vaccine to the elderly. (Ismael Rosas / Eyepix Group / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

“Disrupting and destroying this organization remains one of the highest priorities of the DEA,” the statement read, which offered a reward of up to $ 5 million for information on one of the senior officials of the DEA. cartel.

Earlier this month, nine bodies were found by the side of the road in the coastal state of Velacruz, which authorities have called a response to work being done to tackle crime in the region.

Local media reported that a handwritten message threatening the authorities was signed with “the four letters” – referring to CJNG. It happened a day after the bodies of eight men and two women were found outside the Zacatecas state governor’s office.

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The chief state prosecutor said seven of the 10 bodies had been autopsied and died from strangulation.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has fought in his efforts to reduce homicides in Mexico. There were 31,615 murders in the first 11 months of 2021, a decrease of just 3.6% from the 32,814 in 2020.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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