Tijuana, Mexico – A drone serving as a high-tech drug mule crashed in the parking lot of a shopping area in this populous border city 15 miles from San Diego. Police recovered a payload of six one pound bags of meth. They were alerted by an anonymous caller. Drug violence in Mexican border cities is high and the person calling the police naturally did not want to be known much less seen as being involved with law enforcement. Authorities believe the drone crashed as a result of carrying too much cargo. This particular drone is cannot fly if its cargo exceeds 8.2 kilos including the full weight of the drone itself. The total drug weight added 2.7 kilograms of weight which proved to be too much.
“We would not call using drones a new trend in smuggling,” DEA spokesman Amy Roderick told KSWB‑TV in a statement. “This method will only allow a small amount of drugs to be flown at a time and, coupled with the ease of detection, does not make this method very profitable to these drug trafficking organizations.”
It is believed the intended delivery site was within the city itself. While drone-related drug trafficking is on the rise in recent years, it has not become a viable means of transporting large amounts of product. This is because the drones aren’t sophisticated enough to carry much cargo, and authorities can spot the units as they violate US airspace. Still, the use of drones was unheard of several years ago and the trend is to use them more often.
Here is a translated Facebook post from local police:
SSPM REPORTS FORMS OF TRANSFER
* Cae Dron “loaded” with drugs, failure to your destination
* Reports show confidence towards the Municipal Police
Given the constant findings and drug seizures carried out by the Municipal Police and other corporations, criminals try to innovate using different “techniques” for the transfer of their “goods” in order to evade the authorities.
Last night the Municipal Police received an anonymous citizen reported around 9:50 pm on Tuesday January 20 at the fall of a “flying” artifact shaped packages attached box fell in the parking lot of denouncing supermarket chain located in the Zona Rio.
Immediately elements district arrived at the site to collect the UAV or drone with the packages are intended to “carry” to a given destination.
The apparatus was six packs synthetic drug known as crystal that make weighing approximately three kilos, it seems likely that the Dron not withstand the load volume and therefore fell.
The boxes with the drug came with a transparent and glued strips of black tape to Dron color.
The unit carried a caption that says “Spreading Wings 900” or “Winds scattered” silver color with black, with 6 propellers and lithium battery green.
Crime uses technology to achieve their illegal objectives, the Municipal Public Security Secretariat has made several reports with similar circumstances and used as the known method of “blind mules”, criminals seek to innovate to achieve its objectives .
Other forms are also detected using objects known as “spear potatoes” packages that catapult them from side to side of the border between Mexico and the United States also some aspiring migrants that his dream is illegally crossing the border, almost say their testimonies are obliged to carry small loads in their backpacks or belongings.
The drone is a prototype that can be addressed by placing a Global Positioning System or “GPS” so that it can detect or send to a particular destination is not tripulable and you can attach different objects as to their use. The findings were as attempts to send cargo from one point to another city or along the border.
The Ministry of Public Security reiterates that thanks to the confidence of the citizenry these reports are received and thereby not only combat or prevent crime but goes a step further crime. Proof of this are the complaints of citizens who are affected by the practice of blind mules and have the confidence to ask for the support of the Municipal Police.
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Meth Drone Crash