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A couple from Indiana had a scary run-in with a Mexican drug cartel while birdwatching.
Back in 2020, YouTubers Aaron Payzant and Logan Howard filmed the incident on their YouTube channel Out Off The Trail, and have released another angle of it.
The frightening footage was captured while the couple were driving down a dirt road and noticed a pick-up van approaching their vehicle quickly.
Payzant was filmed shouting: "Oh my God. They have guns! Jesus, Jesus, Jesus," and Howard began hyperventilating with panic moments later.
The van then pulled them over while Payzant begged: "Please, please, please, no Español," as the cartel looked to be speaking in Spanish.
The scary incident continued, with Howard getting more and more panicked while his boyfriend was brought to tears.
However, a member of the cartel was able to calm the couple down and assure them that there was 'no problem'.
"Calm down güero, nothing happens," the man added, patting an understandably shaken Payzant's shoulder.
It appears the gang wanted to know where they were going.
That's when Howard, who was said to be lying, told the man that they were lost on their way to see their mother in Cancun.
Eventually, the cartel told the couple that they were passing through an area that they shouldn't, and allowed them to head back in the other direction.
"This was as we were on a back road we were looking for wildlife and we were just seeing what we could find in an area where there was a lot of wetlands and stuff like that," Payzant explained.
"This is the most extreme experience I've ever had birding," Howard added. "I would go back, just not in our personal vehicle."
Payzant explained he was in panic mode, which is why he didn't immediately drive off when the gang first said they could go.
"After seeing my life flash before my eyes, I started seizing almost. I couldn't drive," he concluded.
The couple set up a GoFundMe named 'Help Aaron & Logan get car back to USA' shortly after the incident.
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