In central Mexico, an airplane transporting almost half a ton of cocaine crashed after engaging in a high-speed aerial pursuit with Mexican military choppers, resulting in the deaths of the two people on board.
Mexican military helicopters intercepted the plane in Mexican airspace, according to the Mexican Defense Ministry, and chased it for hundreds of miles before it ran out of fuel and crashed on a piece of land in Botija, Queretaro (pictured below) on Thursday, the ministry said in a statement on Monday.
The plane was loaded with some 400 kilograms (880 pounds) of cocaine, according to the ministry.
Monday's crash came less than two weeks after a business jet reportedly stolen in Mexico crashed in a Guatemalan jungle near a hidden airstrip after making a strange trip to Venezuela, leaving two men dead near an onboard stash of drugs and weapons.
Mexico is listed as one of the world's worst places to live and raise a family according to the UN and UNICEF, due to their high drug, gangs and murder rate.