Operadores Droneros del Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG): Specialized Cartel Drone Unit Patch is a report by C/O Futures. The report provides information that CJNG has now institutionalized drone usage with a specialized drone operator unit.
Since late 2017, the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) has emerged as a prominent user of drones within Mexican cartels. They have consistently expanded their utilization of these systems for various purposes, including intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance, dissemination of propaganda, and carrying out attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
According to imagery from April 2023, there are indications that CJNG has established a dedicated unit called “Drone Operators” (Operadores Droneros), which is evident from the unit patch prominently worn on their cartel uniforms, such as body armor battle kits. It is possible that this unit patch first appeared in CJNG-related videos as early as November 2021, although it went unnoticed due to the limited resolution of the imagery at that time.
Publication Date- May 2023
Operadores Droneros del Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG): Specialized Cartel Drone Unit Patch contains the following main sections:
- Key Information from Multiple Sources (in Spanish)
- Who, What, Where, When, and Why
- C/O Futures Incident Analysis
- Endnotes (Translation of Key Information in English and author notes)
- Additional Reading
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Authors- Robert J. Bunker and John P. Sullivan