Border Patrol Seizes Ultralight Aircraft Loaded With Meth, Fentanyl

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Agents encountered the aircraft abandoned along a rural dirt road, with two large plastic storage containers affixed to the fuselage. [Photos provided by CBP]

TUCSON – On Thursday night, U.S. Border Patrol agents seized a modified ultralight aircraft and its cargo of nearly $500,000 in methamphetamine and fentanyl, southeast of Tucson.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Tucson Sector agents detected the aircraft as it was entering the United States at approximately 11:00 p.m. The agents electronically tracked the aircraft and directed U.S. Border Patrol units under its path to an improvised landing site south of Tucson. A small aircraft strapped down with meth and fentanyl illegally breached the U.S. border with Mexico and was ditched in Tucson’s southeast desert.

Agents encountered the aircraft abandoned along a rural dirt road, with two large plastic storage containers affixed to the fuselage filled with drugs.

The drugs and aircraft were seized and transported to the Nogales Border Patrol Station, where testing confirmed the packages contained over 143 lbs of meth and over 200 grams of fentanyl.

 

An AMO helicopter crew and Border Patrol agents conducted an exhaustive search of the area, but did not find the presumed pilot.

5 Comments

  1. Another reason not to fix the bad roads on the Res. This folks is the way they do it.
    The Border Patrol knows all this Parts of the Res has turned in a mecca hwy for illegal drugs
    The five plane crashs this year alone that I know of, were carrying drugs and lots of cash

  2. And Democrats in Washington continue to do nothing to solve our problems along the Southern Border.

  3. Why should address the border problem They when their main supporters include El Chapo and the cartels? Doing nothing and looking the other way is what they were hired to do.

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