Another Narco Tank Seized in Mexico


In addition to full-on submarines, it looks like the drug cartels are making another piece of heavy military hardware a standard part of their arsenals. Mexican authorities have seized another truck modified by drug traffickers to resemble an infantry fighting vehicle.

This latest find is based on a Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup and features a pop-up battering ram, a rotating gun turret and steel armor complete with numerous firing ports for use by the people inside. Apparently, the cops found the “narcotank” abandoned on a rural road after a gunfight between rival cartels members in the town of Mezquitic. This is the second “drug tank” captured by Mexican authorities in less than two months.  So, it appears that the “Federales” and other authorities throughout the region (including the United States) are engaged in a mini arms race with the traffickers (although, from the reports, it sounds like this vehicle was being used against other cartels not the police). We’re already using Cold War technology developed to hunt the pinnacle of Soviet submarine tech to find the newest generation of narco-subs. What’s next? Will we see Mexican police regularly carrying antitank weapons in their patrol vehicles?

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  • Jayson

    The cartels source their weapons from the US, the border patrol are aware of the gun running and the big heads tell the border patrol to let them go so they can see where the guns are going for over 2 years now.

    This gun selling has got to stop. I have a view there is no need for automatic (AK047 etc) and handguns have no place for the public. Tasers and long guns should all be available for civilians. I’m apologize, this isn’t the forum for this.

    Isreal have a good idea, put up a concrete wall will help solidify the border and way cheaper I bet.

    • meatpopsicle

      Yes nearly 2000 miles of 20 foot tall concrete fence is what we need….(SARCASM)

      Our gun laws are not the problem here….

      The problem here is the United States is a country of drug users, yet we’ll never admit to this and therefore we wage a war against drugs in order to absolve ourselves of our sins.

      The cartels have an incredible amount of power mostly because of the incredible amounts of money that they making due to artificially raised prices due to the fact that the products they push are illegal.

      The pictured vehicle looks like a piece of junk and although it would be effective against local police it would not last a minute against any modern or out dated piece of military equipment. The junkyard tank is not a reason to cry for military action on our part

      Also Mexico would never allow the presence of US troops on their soil….. Mexican American war of 1846 anyone?

      Point is that Mexico is fubar and there is nothing we can really do but watch. Although CIA drone operations might not be out of the question……

    • Clu

      The cartels do not source their weapons from the U.S. - well, at least not most of them. All one need do is look farther south than Mexico to see that there are countires who have no problems with selling AK47s to teenagers. Easier to get guns from willing sellers than have to steal them from the U.S. then smuggle them back across the border.

      But think about the irony of your second statement. Imagine if the *people* of Mexico had the means to defend themselves. More bloodshed perhaps, but I’d rather not be killed for lack of shooting back. Imagine if the populace banded together to combat the violence of their own towns. Mexico is a shining example of what happens when you rely on someone else to protect you. Your protection is a personal responsibility. Police do not prevent crime, they investigate it after the fact. If you don’t believe this, then show me a police form that doesn’t have a space for the victims name at the top.

    • shellback99

      Taking guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens is no solution.Guns are not the problem. People are the problem.

  • Steve

    It’s time for us to realize that the situation in Mexico, our border, and the southwest USA is a war. We can’t simply seal the border and then hope that it stays out, it’s already here. Time to put some real effort into attacking these cartels at the source, no more policing and walling off, time to go into full scale operations against them. It’s destroying the southwest of our country, and soon Mexico will be lost. We owe this to ourselves, our children, our neighbor, and the world. Time to destroy these enemies of freedom.

    • @Algorithm_Guy

      You do realize that we can eliminate the entire problem with no military action by simply legalizing all drugs, right?

      • iknow

        Only theoretically. The US government is the chief drug trafficker via operations run by the CIA and the military. It’s a major source of super income for big cats in the bureaucracy. It also enables the Prison Industrial Complex to charge the federal government over $1000 per inmate per day. The money generated more than covers the costs of political campaign contributions, lobbyists on Capitol Hill, the country’s largest law firms, propaganda on syndicated news networks, and a secret army of professional assassins who take care of suspected moles and whistleblowers.

    • NoOne

      Dream of it

  • Ken

    The makers of this vehicle must have watched alot of The A-team reruns. I can just picture BA at the wheel of this thing!

    • A Team

      Now that’s Funny

  • kim

    Big deal that truck. The Danish resistance movement used one of those in 1945. Was a Ford too, by the way:

  • Dave

    Looks like a “ghetto-Mobile”!

  • Taxandrian

    Like Lawrence of Arabia’s Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts… oh no, they were *much* prettier.

    Still, these narcomobiles are NOT made from hardened steel. A 7.62 will penetrate it, especially with a steel core. And the round would ricochet inside, iike old M3 infantry vehicles. Bad idea.

    Minimum requirement for these guys is IMHO a PzKpfw II.

    No AT weapons needed. Give a Federales patrol a mix of M14s, M16s and sabot 12gauge rounds. More than enough.

    Still, would be nice to see a small Mexican lugging a Lahti gun around.

  • Taxandrian…

  • Steve B.

    It’s obvious that there’s a whole bunch of Ford dealers in AZ,NM, TX and CA selling these trucks to drug dealers so they can be specially modified as tanks.

    Perhaps ATF agents could run a sting operation with DoT in support.

  • Stephen Russell

    Saw video on Fox News about the US govt supplying arms to Mexico.
    IE seized arms show grenades, RPGs etc that ” gun stores” dont carry in the US.
    Thus the DIY armor trucks in Mexico.

  • Stephen Russell

    Be a great TV or movie prop alone, For The Expendables 3 movie???

  • roguetechie

    To those that are still trotting out the tired line about american guns from the civilian market being sold to the narco warriors…. Get a clue Do some research…. and maybe pop something into google before you believe the crap people spew in election years!!

    FACT: Cartels want FULLY automatic weapons they care less about semi auto variants which are what is for sale on the civilian market here!

    Maybe you should learn something about guns before posting about them

  • xpoqx

    Lolz, I picked that article up off CNN and sent here… Seems the boys down south don’t like being shot at…. as much of an upgrade this is off that dumb as hell dump-truck… I still don’t think it we be any match for the M2 or MK.19s mounted on the Mexican Army’s HMMWVs… 12.7mm and 40mm will chew that thing up, better yet leave it to the dismounted dudes with AT-4s and LAWS


    NOW THAT’S A HOOPDy, who did the work “Pimp My Ride” Can I see the Car Fax please ?

  • andy

    don’t approve of its purpose but it certainly looks cool. The scary thing is they are building stealthy narco subs, what happens if they start building stealthy narco planes?

  • anthony

    Soon we can just internet to afgan..Why do or did ,and still let the afgans grow the stuff why not destroy all popies?Look at the 17 clinnics we built for just that purpose to help there youth to stay of it ? Is it so that if we destroyed the crops crime might increase in all cities?Sorry but on this subject we let them win?Or is it the same stuff like vietnam ca. awhile back in ca ,,smuggling it?Of course the cia or so asked for a few tons to drop in a city again ,Good By Saigon…

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  • PlanoCPA

    Man, not just a narco tank, but ANOTHER narco tank. The huge amounts of money generated by the illegal drug trade is evidenced in the really weird stuff these guys buy. As a Plano CPA I think I’m far enough inland to be somewhat insulated from these guys, but maybe not. I know that if I saw one of these things on the road my first thought wouldn’t be “I could take him down.”