Cartels are born from greed but they are also byproducts of Mexico’s flawed policies.
This incident has the potential to raise the stakes in the contest between the CJNG and the Mexican state following what is essentially tantamount to a CJNG declaration of war.
The provision of such aid—usually a symbolic effort—should be considered a component of ongoing cartel ‘information operations’
The sniper rifle has become a preferred weapon for cartels since a round can penetrate walls, steel, and the sides of unarmored and even moderately armored vehicles.
A narcotrafficking technique first used in Mexico now expands to other countries in Central and South America.