Over Ninety CJNG (Suspected) Drone Bomblets Seized by Guardia Nacional (GN) in Buenavista Tomatlán, Michoacán C/O Futures Cartel Research Note Series
Robert J. Bunker, David A. Kuhn, and John P. Sullivan 11 December 2022
The Guardia Nacional (National Guard; GN), in cooperation with the Ejército Mexicano (Mexican Army), seized over ninety drone bomblets belonging to an organized criminal group in the municipality of Buenavista Tomatlán, Michoacán. The location of the munitions cache, supported by forensic analysis conducted by C/O Futures, suggests that the bomblets belonged to the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) and were meant for weaponized drone use. CJNG has been involved in the deployment of weaponized drones since at least October 2017 when an improvised explosive drone (‘dron bomba’) was first recovered in Valtierrilla, Guanajuato.