USCBP helicopter forced to make emergency landing after being fired upon
A USCBP (Border Patrol) helicopter was fired upon near the border of Mexico Friday night at around 5 pm local time, and forced to make an emergency landing in Laredo. There were no reports of injuries.
The Drug Deal
The FBI released the following statement to Breitbart Texas:
On June 5, 2015, at approximately 5:00pm during an operational flight near the Rio Grande River in Laredo, Texas, a US Customs and Border Patrol (USCBP) helicopter was struck several times by ground fire. The rounds penetrated and damaged the aircraft, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing. The pilot sustained no injuries and no individuals on the ground were affected. USCBP, FBI, Texas Rangers, Homeland Security Investigations and Laredo Police Department responded to the scene. The FBI has initiated an investigation and will continue processing the crime scene with the Texas Rangers. Since this is an ongoing matter, no further details will be provided at this time.
According to Breitbart’s sources, the helicopter was in US Air space and attempting to interdict a load of drugs in conjunction with an operation by US Border Patrol Agents, when it was struck by three of five rounds fired from the Mexican side of the border. The helicopter was operating in the Laredo sector on the opposite side of the river from Zeta drug cartel territory.
All of the individuals involved in the drug operation were able to get away, including those on the US side.
Not the first time
But it isn’t the first time US Border Patrol has been fired on. In July of 2014, Border Patrol agents were forced to take cover as “high caliber weaponry” was fired at them from across the Rio Grande River. Authorities believe that also was a drug cartel incident.
A Mexican helicopter fired on Border Patrol agents on June 26 of last year, though Mexican officials did ‘apologize’ for that incident.
An Uncle Sam’s source told us that “we’ve lost the tip of Texas.” Illegal immigrants with drugs are a daily occurrence, and they are often protected by the drug cartels. Property owners must either accept the onslaught of people running through their property with drugs, or find ways of standing against them.
Though the Border Patrol says the instances of cross border gunfire are rare, the danger to both property owners and those who try to protect the border is real. Fortunately, this helicopter incident had no injuries. That may not continue to be the case.