Mexico Finds Drug Plane in Underground Hangar

By Dialogo
April 11, 2012

TIJUANA, Mexico — Authorities found an underground tunnel filled with arms, drugs and a light aircraft allegedly belonging to one of the country’s powerful cartels.
The plane, discovered in a tunnel in the Baja California state near the U.S. border, was a light aircraft manufactured in Austria and in poor condition, Daniel de la Rosa, secretary of security for the state, told reporters late April 9.
He said the plane was adapted to be able to fire grenades and was used “to transport drugs and arms for the Sinaloa cartel,” run by Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.
The operation, in which one man was detained, was carried out April 9 after police received an anonymous tip-off about an underground facility the size of a basketball court.
Inside, police found guns, a grenade and launcher, 32 kilos of marijuana, 900 grams of a synthetic drug known as “ice,” more than 700 rounds of ammunition and body armor.
Guzmán, with a fortune estimated at US$1 billion by Forbes magazine, is one of the world’s most wanted men, with Mexico offering a reward of US$2.4 million for his capture.

[AFP, 10/04/2012;, 10/04/2012]