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CBP intercepts drug-smuggling drone

CBP intercepts drug-smuggling drone

A new reason for government to get a handle on unmanned aerial systems surfaced this week, when Customs and Border Protection announced that CBP agents had recovered a 30.8 pounds of marijuana dropped from a drone near San Luis, Ariz. The drone delivery was the latest example of how drug smugglers “experiment with different techniques in an attempt to bring narcotics and other harmful contraband into the United States,” said Chief Patrol Agent Anthony J. Porvaznik. He said such efforts were in reaction to CPB’s “highly effective enforcement techniques.”

Yuma Station border patrol agents on Nov. 16 observed the octocopter-style drone illegally entering the San Luis airspace from San Luis, Rio Colorado, Mexico. Agents using night-vision goggles followed the drone to its drop point, where they discovered three bundles of marijuana weighing about 10 pounds each. The pot had an estimated value of $15,430.

Last year's crash of a small drone onto the White House lawn, and incidents in California where drone-flying hobbyists disrupted firefighting efforts, have prompted a search for stronger detection and defensive measures. Border security could provide another incentive.

“Our agents’ vigilance was responsible for detecting this particular drone event, but we always encourage members of the public to assist our efforts by contacting the Border Patrol upon seeing suspicious activity,” Porvaznik said. 

This article is based on an earlier report from our sister site FederalSoup.

Posted by GCN Staff on Jan 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM


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