From BBC News:

Mexican soldiers have destroyed four “narco-tanks”, lorries fitted with steel armour thought to have been made for the Gulf drug cartel. The vehicles were seized in a garage in Camargo, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. Authorities said the cartel used the tanks, fitted with air-conditioning and steel plates, to patrol its smuggling routes and transport drugs to the US. Two of the tanks had already been fitted with armour 2.5cm (1in) thick. Two more lorries were in the process of being fitted with steel plates, and 23 articulated lorries were still awaiting modification.

[Thanks, James!]

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://twitter.com/RapidEye RapidEye

    Cool, now the local AZ and TX Sheriff Offices will have justification for those new Warthogs and Apaches they always wanted!

  • http://twitter.com/RapidEye RapidEye

    Cool, now the local AZ and TX Sheriff Offices will have justification for those new Warthogs and Apaches they always wanted!

  • http://twitter.com/danielflugt Daniel Flugt

    I’m sorry, but it’s not a tank if it hasn’t got a gun; It’s an armoured lorry.

  • http://twitter.com/danielflugt Daniel Flugt

    I’m sorry, but it’s not a tank if it hasn’t got a gun; It’s an armoured lorry.

    • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

       This is a good point.  More like a DIY APC.

    • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

       This is a good point.  More like a DIY APC.

  • Anonymous

    what? you’ve got a knife? well I have a gun…
    You have a gun? I’ve got a machine gun…
    oh yeah, well I’ve got a bazooka…
    I’ve got a catapult..
    I’ve got a tank…
    I’ve got a submarine…

    Will it ever end? Nukes inevitable :(

  • Anonymous

    what? you’ve got a knife? well I have a gun…
    You have a gun? I’ve got a machine gun…
    oh yeah, well I’ve got a bazooka…
    I’ve got a catapult..
    I’ve got a tank…
    I’ve got a submarine…

    Will it ever end? Nukes inevitable :(

  • Anonymous

    what? you’ve got a knife? well I have a gun…
    You have a gun? I’ve got a machine gun…
    oh yeah, well I’ve got a bazooka…
    I’ve got a catapult..
    I’ve got a tank…
    I’ve got a submarine…

    Will it ever end? Nukes inevitable :(

  • Anonymous

    what? you’ve got a knife? well I have a gun…
    You have a gun? I’ve got a machine gun…
    oh yeah, well I’ve got a bazooka…
    I’ve got a catapult..
    I’ve got a tank…
    I’ve got a submarine…

    Will it ever end? Nukes inevitable :(

  • Anonymous

    what? you’ve got a knife? well I have a gun…
    You have a gun? I’ve got a machine gun…
    oh yeah, well I’ve got a bazooka…
    I’ve got a catapult..
    I’ve got a tank…
    I’ve got a submarine…

    Will it ever end? Nukes inevitable :(

  • Anonymous

    what? you’ve got a knife? well I have a gun…
    You have a gun? I’ve got a machine gun…
    oh yeah, well I’ve got a bazooka…
    I’ve got a catapult..
    I’ve got a tank…
    I’ve got a submarine…

    Will it ever end? Nukes inevitable :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenn-Mileski/1453910228 Kenn Mileski

    Wow, it looks very inconspicious.  Nobody would ever notice any thing odd about these!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=759355313 Juan Cubillo

    It’s like the anti-pope movil!

  • http://twitter.com/halfvastcnsprtr Halfvast Conspirator

    The narcodudes need to do something about those tires.  If that thing is carrying an inch of sheet metal all around, they must be under some serious load, and one nail, or a bullet, or an RPG would immobilize it right quick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shaffer.jacob Jacob Shaffer

    Looks like they were trying to copy the new-ish MRAP vehicle used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shaffer.jacob Jacob Shaffer

    Looks like they were trying to copy the new-ish MRAP vehicle used in Iraq and Afghanistan.