As time moves on criminals will adapt to it. With the technology being what it is, naturally, the underworld will find a way to use it to its advantage. For smugglers in Mexico, underground tunnels were constructed and have been used to pump drugs and people into the United States under the radar of the Border Patrol. Some smugglers decided to use some available technology, a drone, to smuggle six pounds of crystal meth into the States.
The Mexican cartels have been using drones for surveillance, but it is believed they are behind the attempted drone smuggling. The device used was equipped with a GPS component to send it to a direct location. However, the drone was not suited to carry the six pounds of meth and crashed south of the U.S. border city of San Ysidro, California.
The drone was found by police in Tijuana and the six pound haul is said to be worth about $48,000 on the streets of San Diego. DEA Special Agent Matt Barden said, “Once you get it across the border, that stuff’s like gold.” It was not the first time that a drone has been used to smuggle drugs into the country, but this latest incident raises concerns among law enforcement agents. “I would hate to belittle 6 pounds of meth. That’s like saying 6 pounds of heroin isn’t bad … but I think the big thing to look at is the fact that the cartels or drug traffickers from Mexico are using drones in their playbook,” said Barden. “My greater fear, being an agent, is what a drone means to officer safety. That to me, personally, being a tactical officer, that’s my concern.”