Ultralight aircraft flying low over Mexico border under cover of night sets off a chase

Ultralight aircraft flying low over Mexico border under cover of night sets off a chase

Ultralight aircraft flying low over Mexico border under cover of night sets off a chase

Border Patrol agents rushing to a remote dirt road south of Tuscon, Arizona arrived too late to apprehend the pilot of an ultralight aircraft tracked flying low over the U.S.-Mexico border late Thursday.


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But strapped to the modified ultralight they discovered two large plastic containers, sealed with duct tape. Inside were more than 143 pounds of methamphetamine and 200 grams of fentanyl — valued at US$500,000.

Fentanyl’s potency is such that it is measured in 1 milllionth of a gram.

“A helicopter crew and Border Patrol agents conducted an exhaustive search of the area, but did not find the presumed pilot,” Customs and Border Protection said in a press release.

Agents tweeted a photo of the synthetic drugs wrapped in plastic adhesive and tidily arrayed in the containers.

The Border Patrol agents were dispatched from the stations at Tucson and 100 km to the south, Nogales, Arizona, where an approximately two-storey wall bisects the American and Mexican sides of the town.

Surveillance detectors picked up the unknown aircraft at about 11 p.m. Thursday and CBP agents electronically tracked the intruder, dispatching Border Patrol units to the improved landing site.

It’s unclear why the pilot knew to abandon his cargo and flee, but the agency took solace in intercepting the drugs.


A Customs and Border Control agent patrols the U.S. side of the border wall east of Nogales, Arizona, on March 2, 2019.

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel





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