Border Patrol busts drug smuggler using drone

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On Friday, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol arrested a 25-year old man for smuggling over 13 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $46,000. The smuggler used a 2-foot tall drone to airlift 12 packages of meth from Mexico, over a border fence into the U.S. near San Diego.

On August 8th, a Border Patrol agent spied a remote-controlled drone flying over the border fence approximately two miles west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry/San Diego Sector. The agent notified other Border Patrol agents to be on the lookout for the drone.

While patrolling the border on an all-terrain vehicle, an agent discovered a suspicious man near the border at Servano Avenue and Valentino Street. The agent approached the man and discovered that he was carrying a large open satchel which contained 12 plastic-wrapped packages containing methamphetamine.

After the agent arrested the man, a search of the immediate area led to the discovery of a drone which was concealed under a bush. The agents suspect that the drone was actually used to haul the meth from one side of the border to the other.

“Due to the agents’ heightened vigilance, this drone smuggling scheme was stopped before these dangerous narcotics could enter our communities,” reported Acting Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Boone Smith.

The Border Patrol Tweeted:

Statements on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website read as follows:

“To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.”

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.”

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