Repairing mobile networks is about life. He sends a bunch of drug cartels

It was supposed to be a service in one of the Boston-based companies American Tower in the Mexican countryside. Within ten minutes after switching off, the young technician had an unexpected company. Armed members of the local drug cartel arrived in the city. The transmitter also carried their own antennas.

I was nervous. When you see the gunmen in front of you, you don’t know how to react, the technician for the Reuters agency recalled the awkward situation he experienced in 2018. Natst turned out for him in time. Over time, he learned how to deal with the members of the drug cartel. Gradually learn how to convince them that you do not pose a threat, he added.

The problem was that by disconnecting the power supply from the source, even the usual communication channel for drug cartels. In addition to high-end mobile phones and popular chat applications, they also use two-way controls for easy communication. often home made. It is a zazen that can both receive and send a signal. In ternu such a means of communication for the coordination of units have, for example, police and fire brigades.

The reason for this cartel to use this device first is obvious: communication takes place in real time, when they are encrypted and, unlike white mobile devices, it is not possible to determine the position of the two-way radio user.

A prerequisite for a functioning communication channel is its own antennas. With these cartels, parasitize on interrogating the operator. not only finance them, but above all legalize their unfair activity. If they built their own mission, it would be easy to find and destroy it. This is how the wall of a legally built telecommunications company hides.

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The audacity of some cartels goes a long way. Do not be afraid to own the antenna of the logs of his criminal organization. This antenna pat Zetas. If there are any problems, please call, formerly the former US drug operation DEA in Mexico and Central America Paul Craine, on the impudence of one of Mexico’s most feared drug cartels.

Of course, illegally installed antennas can be pointed out, but the fear of their consequences is not an attempt to prevent illegal activities. There is a feeling of helplessness in Mexico. Companies believe they cannot respond to such a problem, fighting the consequences of groups that are essentially impunity, said Duncan Wood, director of the Mexican Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington.

In 2015 and 2020, several incidents occurred in various Mexican states. Service technicians meet with the so-called mini-merchants several times a year. According to an estimate by one of the techniques that Reuters spoke to, this is about 20% of the telecommunications company in the company for which he works. It is convinced that the occupancy of legal drugs by parasitic antennas is even thirty percent, especially in drug-active years.

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As a rule, one of the service technicians of Mexican telecommunications companies said: when such an illegal antenna is discovered, do not touch it. Not all meetings with drug cartel members operating in a given locality are pleasant. In some cases, diplomacy will not help and keep your head cool. Some people learned that before disconnecting the power supply from the power supply, connect an illegal cartel to the generator.

Many technicians who found themselves in such a situation admitted that they were afraid of getting stuck and fighting for their lives. The same is that the main thing is not to show nervousness. The members of the cartel are already showing their enthusiasm. It is no exception that service technicians have to pay first and then they can make a proper service intervention. The amount for each day of gossip on some telecommunications ranges from 500 to 1,000 pesos, ie in the range from about 520 to 1,050 crowns.

These risks are also attributed to the amount that service companies provide services to these telecommunications companies. In addition, they often encounter an outflow of workers due to fears for their lives.

According to two editions of the General Director of the National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) Gabriel Szekelyhov, there are also cities in Mexico where, even because of the cartel, it is not possible to maintain the facility in any way.