Drug-smuggling activity involving drones being flown over the border from Mexico into California neighborhoods is increasing, authorities say.
Residents of Coral Gates, a southern California community just miles north of Tijuana, say they’ve observed more traffic in the skies above their homes in recent months.
“I see them all the time,” one woman told Border Report. “I also see people in cars that just sit there for hours, it looks strange.”
Border Patrol Agent Justin Castrejon says they have also noticed an “uptick” in narcodrones operating in the area.
“They are using the cover of night mostly to smuggle illegal contraband into the U.S.,” Agent Castrejon said. “The operator of the drone could be in Mexico or could be here in the U.S.”
“What you might think is innocent activity could be drug smuggling activity: cars parked, drones flying overhead. That could very well be a drug-smuggling event happening right in your neighborhood.”
A drone carrying multiple parcels of narcotics reportedly fell from the sky recently.
According to a recent article in Air & Space Magazine, no one knows how many drones are hauling drugs across the border on any given day.
“You just don’t know what they’re carrying in these things,” DEA Special Agent Jim Reed told the mag. “When you do the math on [a kilo of fentanyl], you’re looking at between 200,000 and 500,000 people that one kilogram could overdose or kill. If something like that would fall through the sky in an urban area, it would be a catastrophe.”
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