Mexico Buys Unmanned Drones For Spotting Drug Crops

08.25.10 | FL News Team

(Mexico City)  --  Mexico is ramping up its war on drugs with Israeli-made drone aircraft.  Records made public by the Mexican government show it paid more than 23-million dollars for an unspecified number of Hermes 450 drones.  The unmanned aircraft are made by Israel-based Elbit Systems.  While Mexican defense officials declined to comment, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico said they'll likely be used to spot drug crops.  

The Mexican military has trouble reaching regions in the northwestern region of the country where marijuana and opium are grown.  The analyst added that the drones likely went into use about five or six months ago.  The U.S. government has given Mexico millions of dollars in aid since President Felipe Calderon launched his war on drugs in 2006.  Some 28-thousand people have died in Mexican drug wars since then.