Reported attack by the Sinaloa Cartel against National Guard helicopter

Reported attack by the Sinaloa Cartel against National Guard helicopter

User reports on social networks and local media indicated that a helicopter from the National Guard (GN) suffered an alleged attack by the Sinaloa Cartel while flying over the municipality of The clear, in Sonora.

The first testimonies indicated that it was around 7:00 p.m. when the aircraft, a Black Hawk UH-60Q belonging to the GN-108 series, was perforated several times by ammunition from a .50 caliber barret rifle, one of the favorite weapons of drug trafficking cells due to the firepower it possesses.

The fuselage, rudder and the left engine were some of the parts where the bullets were hit. The gunners of the federal security institution repelled the aggression with M-60 machine guns, subametralladoras BFI 609660 and short weapons of the type MKY714.

According to local media, the crew that included two pilots, a flight engineer, two gunners, two elements of the National Guard and two members of the state Public Security police had to evacuate despite responding and avoiding further aggressions.

So far no injuries have been registered (Photo: Facebook / Expresiónbcs)

So far no injuries have been registered.

Upon reaching Sonoran land, they were rescued by members of the Mexican Army, the GN and the state security corporation that responded to the emergency call to leave the area as soon as possible.

This attack occurred in the middle of a context where the Sinaloa Cartel seeks to maintain its power against the advance of Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), which has gained strength in recent years and has become, possibly, the most powerful in the entire country.

Data from the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) indicate that at least 10 alleged drug traffickers have been handed over to the government of US President Joe Biden this six-year term.

Seven security elements made up the crew (Photo: Facebook / Expresiónbcs)

Seven security elements made up the crew.

Among them is José Sánchez Villalobos, the Lord of the Tunnels, who was identified as a financial operator of Joaquin the Chapo Guzman.

The executions of some of the members of the Sinaloa Cartel have also hit the criminal organization. It should only be remembered that last Tuesday, April 13, six lifeless bodies were abandoned at kilometer 150 of the highway via short Parral – Chihuahua. It was during the early morning, when staff from the State Investigation Agency attended the report, which reported on the discovery of six men who died from gunshot wounds.

According to the details, at least one of the subjects was beheaded, while another had a detached arm. Also, it was mentioned that one of the men was carrying a brown firearm holster.

The impacts were made with a .50 caliber fuil barret (Photo: Facebook / Expresiónbcs)

The impacts were made with a .50 caliber fuil barret.

After 24 hours, the state prosecutor César Augusto Peniche Espejel, assured in an impromptu press conference that one of the bodies belonged to Rogelio Adán Vega Rodríguez, alias the Red, supposed regional leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in Chihuahua.

These blows have caused the CJNG maintain a presence in 23 of the 32 states, with most of its growth in the central zone and with strategic locations on the border with the United States.

According to GLM, the CJNG also influences the busiest Mexican ports, one of them Manzanillo, Colima, which it uses for the distribution of large quantities of drugs.

The rapid expansion of CJNG it is characterized by the group’s willingness to participate in violent confrontations with the Mexican government, security forces and rival cartels.

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