Photo: U.S. unmanned drones
Aiding Mexico’s battle against the overpowering drug cartels, the U.S. has sent unmanned aircrafts to conduct surveillance flights over dangerous areas.
The Mexican government confirmed the use of the droids in a statement released Wednesday. Though Mexico is appreciative of the assistance, many are questioning the U.S.’s interference in a country long known for being proud of their independence.
“These missions have been especially useful in helping combat crime and have increased the technological superiority of Mexican authorities,” said President Felipe Calderon’s security council in a statement.
The droid flights began last month, and the information collected has already provided useful information, particularly in regards to the investigation of U.S. Customs Agent Jaime Zapata’s death.
Zapata was shot and killed on February 15th in an attack by people suspected to be drug gang members. They shooters also wounded Zapata’s partner.
When President Obama met with Calderon earlier this month, The Times said the two agreed that the drone missions should continue, but Mexican officials are wary of U.S. interference, as they are sensitive about their nation’s sovereignty, even if such interference were to assist in the fight against drug trafficking.
Over the next several years, the U.S. has promised Mexico anti-drug equipment to the tune of $1.3 billion, including Black Hawk helicopters, and training.