Army find two ‘narco monster trucks’ used in war between Mexican drug cartels

Authorities in Mexico have seized two armoured 'narco monster trucks' used by deadly Mexican drug cartels battling with each other for control of lucrative trafficking routes.

The Mexican Secretariat of National Defence (SEDENA) found the custom-made vehicles in Tamaulipas, a state in the north east of the country.

They were discovered by security forces on a patrol, hidden just off some dirt roads.

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According to BorderlandBeat, authorities also found one .223 calibre magazine, four 7.62x39mm calibre rounds and six .223 calibre rounds inside the trucks.

A decision is set to be made on what to do with them.

So far no arrests have been made in relation to the discovery, authorities said.

As terrifying as the vehicles – also known as 'narco tanks' – appear, they aren't thought to be very useful in drug cartel warfare.

According to the Mexican military they are "not very manoeuvrable in urban areas or on soft or sandy ground" due to their heavy metal plating.

They are also not able to travel long distances, hence they require cargo trailers to move them around contested regions.

Criminals create the trucks by converting large trucks which are often stolen in the US or Mexico. Chevrolet Silverados and Ford F-150s are commonly used, according to Borderland Beat.

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They are then fitted with heavy metal plating in clandestine workshops to make them resistant to gunfire.

Trucks aren't the only vehicles either converted or built by drug bosses to aid their trafficking efforts.

Previously, the armed forces in Colombia captured a 'narco submarine' stretching 55 feet long and six feet wide.

It was found near to the Pacific coast, according to battalion commander Giovanni Carrillo, meaning that it would have been “easy” for the traffickers to “load and unload the cargo before going out to sea”.


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