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Ultralight Aircraft Incursion Leads Border Patrol to Meth Seizure and 2 Arrests

Release Date: 
December 17, 2018

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.

Border Patrol agents seize 129.33 lbs. of methamphetamine along with other items after tracking an ultralight aircraft incursion early Sunday morning.
Agents seize 129.33 lbs. of meth
and other items after tracking an
ultralight aircraft incursion.

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.

Last modified: 
May 9, 2019