Drone loaded with meth crashes near Mexico-California border
A drone packed with methamphetamine crashed into a parking lot in Mexico close to the California border, according to Tijuana Public Safety Secretariat.
The incident happened about 10 p.m. Tuesday, when the unmanned aircraft, which was carrying more than 6 pounds of meth, came down in the parking lot of a supermarket in Zona Rio, near the San Ysidro Port of Entry, according to authorities. The aircraft may have crashed because it was overloaded, officials said.
The drone was identified as a Spreading Wings S900 model, which had six propellers, authorities said. The incident was under investigation.
This is not the first time a drone has been used in an attempts to smuggle drugs over the border, authorities said.
Drones used to smuggle drugs are referred as “blind mules,” according to the secretariat. Drugs also have been catapulted over the border.
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