These are the new planes with which drug traffickers in Mexico transport drugs to the United States
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Organized crime in Mexico has not stopped using small and propeller planes, however, they now also use Gulfstream, Learjet, and Hawker brand turbine planes.
Mexican drug traffickers have changed the way they transport drugs when implementing the use of light aircraft more advanced and faster: the most notable change is in the transition from propeller aircraft to turbine aircraft, assured Armando Ruiz Ayala, head of the operations area of the Integrated Air Surveillance System (SIVA) of the Mexican Air Force (FAM)
Ruiz Ayala told El Universal that a plane seized by the Mexican Army in Mahahual, Quintana Roo, in January this year, transported around a ton of cocaine. Also, possessed the ability to avoid FAM radars and fighter jets. On average, Mexican authorities detect three irregular flights each month on the country’s southern border.
The drug traffickers, according to the SIVA chief of operations, are modifying the way they operate they used to use small propeller planes, but now they use turbine engine planes, with higher speed and higher load capacity.
However, he added that the federal government has the necessary technology, such as radars and fighter jets, to detect illegal aircraft. For example, a fleet of three planes can form a shield that forces pilots, who work for cartels, land in Guatemala or Belize and not in Mexico.
On average, Mexican authorities detect three irregular flights each month at the southern border from the country. Most of these come from Venezuela. However, a greater amount has been recorded since January of this year: nine illegal aircraft were identified in that month.
The drug traffickers, according to the SIVA chief of operations, are « modifying the way they operate, previously they used small, propeller planes, but currently they use turbine-powered aircraft, with a higher speed and greater load capacity.
Since the six-year term of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador began on December 1, 2018, the government has registered 630 irregular flights, of which 80 were classified as illegal.