Weapons and Methods of Attack as a Tactical Advantage

  • Sara Schatz
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)


This chapter analyzes the weapons and methods of attack of assassins on municipal police chiefs and top-commanders across all other Northern Tier states. The tactical superiority of organized crime elements is manifest in the similarity of weaponry employed in law-enforcement assassinations (mainly AK-47s, AR-15s). It is also illustrated by the two signature attack “styles”: convoy style armed vehicular assaults and strategic hits on officers in or near their homes largely engaged in off-duty, everyday social activities. Operationally, such assassinations occur in strategic towns along three distinctive North-bound drug-transit highways across a range of municipalities in the multiple states of Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Durango, Zacatecas and San Luis Potosí. The enhanced weaponry of organized crime elements along with surprise attacks, often involving deception, intersects with the relatively poor equipment (lack of bullet-proof vehicles) and uneven security for officers characteristic of multiple Mexican municipal police departments. Taken together, the tactical superiority of organized crime elements combined with their efforts to clear routes to smuggle drugs (operational means) facilitate the use of law-enforcement assassination as a strategy for action against law-enforcement agents.


Mexican municipal police Organized crime Tactics and weapons Law-enforcement assassination Drug-transit highways 


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