Monday, July 27, 2015
Drug Cartel Believed Responsible for EC120 Border Landing
Drug traffickers are now believed responsible for the June 5 emergency landing of a U.S. government helicopter along the U.S./Mexican border, according to the Free Beacon. The Airbus Helicopters EC120, operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is now believed to have been fired upon by members of the Los Zetas drug cartel as they were returning across the border to Mexico. The EC120 was struck repeatedly by gunfire and forced to land, but no injuries were reported. This event prompted the U.S. agency the following week to dispatch two H-60 Black Hawks to fortify the border. On July 5, another Black Hawk owned by the Mexican navy was fired upon on the other side of the border.