Ultralight Aircraft Incursion Leads Border Patrol to Meth Seizure and 2 Arrests
CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents tracked an ultralight aircraft that made a cross-border incursion from Mexico that lead to a drug seizure and the arrest of two individuals early Sunday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:10 a.m., when agents observed an ultralight aircraft fly over the international border from Mexico into U.S. airspace. The aircraft was operating without any lights. Agents on the ground were able to track the aircraft’s route and observed the aircraft descend just north of Calexico before gaining altitude and flying back towards Mexico.
Agents responded to the location and discovered two brown zippered bags lying under heavy brush, a metallic cage and a bicycle in the agricultural field where the aircraft was observed to have dropped in altitude. Agents encountered two individuals in the vicinity who were interviewed and arrested on suspicion they were receiving the dropped narcotics.
At the station, agents unpacked 60 duck taped bundles containing white powder-like substance inside of the two zippered bags that tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine. The combined weight of the packages totaled 129.33 lbs., with an estimated value of $1,422,553.
“The invaluable coordination among CBP components led to the tracking of an ultralight aircraft which resulted in the interdiction of narcotics and arrest of individuals,” said Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “Ultralight aircraft not only pose a threat to legitimate air traffic in the vicinity, but also to national security. These aircraft are able to carry small payloads of dangerous cargo or dangerous people.”
Both subjects and the narcotics, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.