Mexican military seize homemade drug tank of converted drug cartel by covering pickup truck with bulletproof armor plates
- Mexico’s National Guard seized a pickup that was turned into a tank
- The vehicle was found in Apachingen, Michoacán, and reportedly belonged to Los Viagra in a self-defense group that turned into a cartel
- The vehicle had large sheets of metal that shield the cartel members from bullets and pellets.
Troops of the Mexico National Guard seized a deadly cartel’s home tank that was equipped to withstand bullets and pellets.
The shocking discovery occurred last week when servicemen were conducting a surveillance operation in Aptingnan, a municipality in the western state of Michoacán.
Pictures tweeted last Friday by the National Guard show how the heavily armored vehicle was made of scrap metal armor panels attached to a full-size pickup vehicle.
Members of the National Guard of Mexico investigate a pickup truck that was turned into a homemade battle tank and dumped in the western state of Michécan.
The souped-up vehicle was fastened with several sheets of steel, protecting it from bullets and pellets.
Homemade battle tanks were fabricated with several sheets of steel, which mounted on top of the vehicle and protected the side and rear areas from attacks.
The windshield in front of the pickup truck was completely covered, except for a small area that provided enough space for the driver of the larger vehicle.
A little above the passenger side in front of the tank was a metal mount where cartel members could rest their rifles.
Mexico’s National Guard found a homemade tank allegedly abandoned by Los Viagra, a cartel born out of a self-defense group formed in 2014
According to local media outlets, the sun-up vehicle was abandoned in the Apatjingan locality of San Jose de Chila, a criminal organization formed in 2014 as a self-defense group.
The then chief Michoacán State Police approached Los Viagra in 2015 to help bring down the leader of the Los Caballeros Temploji cartel.
But the gang soon plunged into the drug trade business.
Today the group is embroiled in a war with the Jaliago New Generation Cartel, Mexico’s fastest-growing criminal syndicate, which controls Tierra Caliente territory, including Michoacán, Gerrero and the state of Mexico.