Cartels Using Drones to Traffic Narcotics

Drug cartels in Mexico and Latin America are reportedly constructing lightweight unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for the purpose of smuggling narcotics into the U.S.

According to a report on Motherboard, UAS are cheaper to produce and not as easily detected than, for example, submarines or manned vehicles, but still durable enough to do the job: A vehicle weighing 100 pounds can carry over 220 pounds of cocaine.

The use of UAS to fly drugs and other contraband intro prisons is nothing new, but the use of UAS to fly drugs over the border is something that “we should expect at some point in the future,” a UAV security official at Brookings Institute told Motherboard.

The full Motherboard report can be found here.


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