US Border Patrol helicopter takes gunfire, lands safely

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency helicopter operating in the vicinity of Laredo, Texas was forced to make an emergency landing after receiving gunfire from across the Mexican border.

The helicopter, participating in a drug-interdiction assignment and working in conjunction with U.S. Border Patrol agents, was monitoring the intercept of narcotics in an area notorious for the flow of  drugs administered by the Los Zetas cartel in Mexico.  The area is well-known for traffic of illegal immigrants.

“The helicopter was on an operational mission along the Rio Grande near Laredo, Texas, when shots from the ground struck it late Friday afternoon,” FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee told Reuters. “The rounds penetrated and damaged the aircraft, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.  The pilot was not injured and no one on the ground was affected by the emergency landing.”

Although unverified, an unnamed source allegedly close to the incident told Breitbart Texas“At least five shots were fired from Mexico and three hit the CBP chopper.  Two shots hit the cabin and one hit the engine.”

A second unnamed source said:  “Two shots hit the engine and one hit the cabin.”

Analysis

This is a brazen assault on U.S. law enforcement by drug cartels.

Given the evidence, the steely determination of Mexican drug lords to open fire on an American helicopter represents the perils of engaging the sinister elements of those who manage the flow of drugs smuggled into the U.S.

Neither noble nor courageous in their endeavors, the Los Zetas cartel’s rising influence and fierce resolve is an expression of their own brand of competition to gain primacy on our border. A significant element of a drug cartel’s campaign to continue the uninterrupted flow of drugs into the U.S. is to cleverly exploit the contentious political issue of immigration in America by probing Washington’s reaction.

This strike against U.S. agents is simultaneously the Mexican government’s refusal or inability to control violent drug gangs and Washington’s impotence on the immigration issue.

 

[CNN]