A member of the Cartel Del Golfo (CDG) in Tamaulipas, Mexico, carries a US-made anti-tank gun, as shown on Mexican TV channel Milenio, May 30, 2023. Photo/Milenio TV
TAMAULIPAS – A militant wearing the insignia of the infamous Mexican Gulf Cartel (Cartel Del Golfo, CDG) was filmed in the state of Tamaulipas carrying a US-made anti-tank missile launcher.
Milenio TV identified the weapon as Javelin, thousands of units of which were shipped to Ukraine by the Pentagon.
The footage was filmed in Matamoros on Monday (29/5/2023) and shown on Tuesday night by news channel Milenio TV.
#AzucenaALas10 | In #Tamaulipas an alleged member of the Gulf Cartel was recorded carrying one of the most exclusive and powerful weapons, a “javelin”, which has been used during the invasion of Ukraine with a value of between 20,000 and 60,000 dollars pic.twitter.com/2BGtJMc2Xl
— Azucena Uresti (@azucenau) May 31, 2023
The footage shows a man with the CDG insignia armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and a missile they say is an FGM-148 made by Raytheon.
More than 10,000 Javelins from the Pentagon’s stockpile have been delivered to Ukraine since last February, to the point where the US military is starting to run out of the missiles itself.
Presenter Milenio Azucena Uresti noted on Twitter that the estimated value of a Javelin launcher on the black market ranges from USD 20,000 to USD 60,000, while the average cost of one missile is around USD 30,000.
Keen military experts believe that the weapon in Milenio’s tape is actually an AT-4, a Swedish-made single-use anti-tank launcher, which the US military also uses and is also supplying to Ukraine in the thousands.
Russia has repeatedly warned the US and its allies not to “populate” Ukraine with arms and ammunition, as this risks direct confrontation and because non-existent controls would result in weapons ending up in the criminal underworld.