A single-person aircraft was stopped late last week crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, where authorities found almost half a million dollar’s worth of illegal drugs.
Border Patrol seized the ultralight aircraft late Thursday near the Nogales and Tucson stations after tracking it electronically, officials said in a statement.
Agents found the plane abandoned on a rural dirt road, filled with two large plastic containers. Inside the containers were packages of more than 143 pounds of meth and more than 200 grams of fentanyl, worth about $500,000.
The pilot, however, had already fled.
Flying drugs across the border is less popular than other methods, but “transnational criminal organizations use a wide range of techniques to smuggle both humans and narcotics into the United States,” Border Patrol said in a statement.
Last year, a San Diego man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for using a remotely operated drone to smuggle 13 pounds of meth across the border.
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