Wed, Aug 10, 2011
Occupants Of Helo Processed At Laredo, TX, Sent Back Home
The latest in a number of border violations by the Mexican
military was reported Saturday afternoon, when a helicopter
carrying an unspecified number of occupants landed at Laredo
International Airport in Texas. Mucia Dovalina, the uniform public
affairs officer for the Laredo Port of Entry, told the Houston
Chronicle the landing was made about 1500 local time.
Nuevo Laredo Airport
Officials have not said whether the occupants were armed.
Dovalina says US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers
processed the occupants and allowed them to return to Mexico in the
CBP says the pilot mistook the Laredo, Texas International
Airport, which has three runways, for a single landing strip in
Nuevo Laredo, apparently missing the Rio Grande as it was crossed,
a pretty significant error in pilotage.
The Mexican military has been increasing troop deployments in
northeastern Mexico in its war on drug cartels, and such
"inadvertent errors" have been increasing. The Chronicle reports
the Mexican military announced last week that it has wrapped up an
operation called “Lince Norte,” or "Northern Lynx," a
20-day assault on the Zetas drug cartel involving 4,000 troops,
deployed mostly in states bordering Texas.
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