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The installations of Radio Zeta

Just as narcos sometimes set up parallel governments in rural towns (or even cities, for that matter), they also have parallel communications systems.

SEMAR_BOLETIN_166_12_FOTO_02They don’t rely on cell phones. They hijack UHF and VHF frequencies and operate radio networks.

The Mexican navy sent out a bulletin this morning with these photographs saying that marine units had destroyed several narco communications facilities in Veracruz, Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon states.

The antenna in the photo is more than 160 feet high. It was found on a lot near the Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo highway. At another site, the navy said, its units found a camper with a UHF digital repeater inside that was operating. It said the unit was part of Los Zetas communications network.

In Veracruz, the navy said it triangulated in and destroyed a communications network atop a hill in Cofre de Perote.

Click here for an interesting AP story from last year on narco communications and here for a Wired Magazine story on the same subject.


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Randy Thompson

Very interesting story - from a technical point and from law enforcement point. tks

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