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Drug Cartels Building DIY Tanks

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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34 thoughts on “Drug Cartels Building DIY Tanks

  1. 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 :(

  2. 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 :(

  3. 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 :(

  4. 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 :(

  5. 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 :(

  6. 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 :(

  7. 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.

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