Wednesday, December 12, 2012

1:10 a.m. this morning: Plane from Mexico airdrops Marijuana into U.S. near Calexico, California

Calexico, Calif. (KSWT News 13) - U.S. Border Patrol witnessed an ultra-light aircraft from Mexico dropping a package near Calexico before flying back across the border.

El Centro Sector agents first saw the aircraft as it flew across the border near the Calexico Downtown Port of Entry at around 1:10 a.m. this morning.

It dropped a package near Meadows and Spud Moreno Roads in Calexico. The ultra-light aircraft then turned around and flew back to Mexico.

Agents searched the area and found 300 lbs. of marijuana in bundles near a Jeep Cherokee that was still running. The Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the seized marijuana. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $240,000.

In regards to this incident, Acting Chief Patrol Agent Roy D. Villareal stated, "The use of ultra-light aircraft in smuggling operations is an ongoing focus of Customs and Border Protection.  The El Centro Sector is utilizing all available resources to detect, interdict and apprehend trans-national air incursions.  The collaboration and partnerships with other local and federal law enforcement agencies in our area has been vital in our approach to addressing these occurrences."


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