‘Lady Drones’ exposed – women conduct drug cartel’s explosive attacks from home

A woman known as "Lady Drones", along with two other women, are allegedly operating explosive drones for a deadly drug cartel.

Mexican authorities believe the women are working for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) – considered to be the country's most dangerous drug trafficking organisation.

According to El Diario Del Narco, Mexican Army Intelligence managed to obtain footage recorded from one of their drones. Some of the footage showed the women washing their clothes at their home in Jalisco.

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Authorities believe the women are responsible for a recent attack on army officers on the border between the Mexican states of Jalisco and Michoacán. Drug cartels have started attaching explosives to drones, flying them at enemies from a remote location before detonating, and in this particular incident a soldier was killed. It was after this attack that a drone was seized and the footage obtained.

The footage allowed authorities to identify the woman nicknamed "Lady Drones". It also showed two other female operatives, although it remains unclear whether any of the women have been captured.

The CJNG – led by Mexico's most wanted drug lord, Nemesio 'El Mencho' Oseguera Cervantes – has pioneered the use of drones in drug cartel warfare. According to The Daily Beast, Mexican authorities reckon the CJNG started weaponizing the devices four years ago, attaching explosives to them to turn them into flying bombs. The cartel also uses drones for surveillance and reconnaissance.

The CJNG has even formed a dedicated unit specialising in aerial drone warfare. Describing this, C/O Futures said the group has now "institutionalised" drone usage.

In April this year an image emerged showing a patch the specialists in the "Operadores Droneros" (Drone Operators) unit wear on their military-style uniforms. On it there is a drone with four propellers and a skull in the middle, along with the CJNG's four letters.

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