1. Terrapinzflyer
    Mexico drug yacht crew burn boat


    The US navy has released footage showing the dramatic reaction of a crew of a luxury yacht smuggling drugs when it realised it had been discovered.


    The Mexican-flagged vessel was intercepted by the US navy some 700km (435 miles) off the Mexican coast.

    The crew began hurling bundles of cocaine overboard, set fire to the boat and then jumped into the sea.

    The Mexican navy managed to recover some of the drugs packages, seizing a total of about half a tonne of cocaine.

    Four men have been arrested by Mexican authorities and face drugs-related charges.

    The BBC's Stephen Gibbs, in Mexico City, says the incident illustrates the Mexican government's tougher stance on drugs and its closer collaboration with US authorities.

    The US is providing some $1.4bn to help Mexico's counter-narcotics efforts under a three-year programme that began in 2007 to help the Mexican police and army tackle the cartels that supply much of the illegal drugs in the US.

    Since late 2006, some 45,000 soldiers have been deployed to take on the drug gangs.

    Bitter turf battles between the cartels and fights between the gangs and security forces have left more than 10,000 dead.



    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8306062.stm

    Video Fottage is found on the story linked above

Comments

  1. jgarlopa
    Cowboy is a (US-born) Mexican citizen, and is sick and tired of the way the media throw in a bunch of stupid numbers ("more than 10,000 dead") to make it seem like his entire country is a warzone and tourists should avoid it at all costs. The article fails to state the time period over which the supposed 10k were killed; if it happened over the last 200 years of Mexico's existance, then 10k is really not so bad, but Cowboy wonders where this number was obtained nonetheless. Cowboy would encourage all other forum members to use their own minds and not to rely on what other people say, which is usually a load of crap because most people who say that Mexico is such a terrible place have never been there. In fact, when Cowboy goes to Mexico City to visit his friends and family, he feels much safer on the street than he ever did in his old neighbourhood in Long Beach, CA, where guns were much more common.
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