By Staff Writer
A Mexican chopper fired on border agents after crossing U.S. border Thursday, reports say
TUSCON, Ariz. (INTELLIHUB) — According to the U.S. Border Patrol and other reports, a Mexican chopper crossed over the U.S. border Thursday just before firing shots as U.S. border agents.
While the area is frequented by illegals, the recent attack will likely be noted by many.
CBS News reported:
This incident was not the first one in which the Mexican military has veered across the international boundary.
In January, U.S. border agents confronted two heavily armed Mexican soldiers who crossed 50 yards inside Arizona, the Los Angeles Times reported. A standoff ensued, but nobody was hurt.
In 2011, more than 30 uniformed Mexican soldiers in military vehicles crossed the Rio Grande without authorization in an incident that was believed to be inadvertent.
However, despite eyewitness testimony, Mexican officials are now saying that their chopper never crossed the border and was merely taking part in a raid on a local ranch.
Tomas Zeron de Lucio, senior director of the Criminal Investigation Agency of the Mexican Attorney General’s Office, said in a statement that the helicopter was taking part in a raid on a ranch near the border being used by a criminal organization to smuggle drugs and illegal immigrants across the border into the United States
As helicopters from the Mexican Attorney General’s Office and the Secretary of National Defense approached the ranch, they were fired upon by the traffickers, Zeron de Lucio said. He said those were the only shots fired.
The incident happened a little over 100 yards from the border, he said.
“I don’t believe we crossed the border, because we had our (navigation devices), but it was exactly 100 meters from the border,” he said, according to a transcript of a conference he held with reporters in Mexico City.
The matter is expected to escalate.