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Border Patrol Agents Seize Marijuana Smuggled into U.S. Via Ultra-light Plane

Release Date: 
October 17, 2013


Nine bound bundles of marijuana found after being dropped from an ultra-light plane into a field in Arizona.

Border Patrol agents in Arizona, alerted to an ultra-light plane in the area, were able to seize these nine bundles of marijuana weighing 210 pounds.

DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel collaborated to seize 210 pounds of marijuana dropped by an ultra-light aircraft near McNeal, Ariz. earlier this week.

Early Tuesday morning, CBP's Office of Air and Marine alerted Border Patrol agents at the Douglas Border Patrol station of a possible ultra-light aircraft in the area. Border Patrol agents, utilizing remote video surveillance cameras, were able to detect the ultra-light aircraft and monitor its location as it crossed the border into the U.S. Border Patrol agents followed the ultra-light as it proceeded north several miles where it dropped what appeared to be several bundles of suspected narcotics. The plane then returned to Mexico.

Douglas Border Patrol agents searched the area and located the dropped bundles. Agents confirmed nine bundles contained marijuana were found weighing 210 pounds.

As CBP security efforts improve along the border, criminal organizations are attempting to traffic their illicit cargo utilizing alternative methods including underground tunnels as well as aerial and water ventures. CBP continues to be vigilant in identifying and interdicting these attempts. This is an example of how coordinated efforts utilizing technology are playing a key role in preventing illegal activity along the border.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017