Meth-carrying drone
The drone used to transport meth was found under a bush on the U.S. side of the border. Courtesy Border Patrol

The Border Patrol announced Friday that it had uncovered a scheme to fly methamphetamine over the international border on a $5,000 professional drone.

An agent spotted the drone last week flying over the border at 11:25 p.m. about two miles west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Another agent in an all-terrain vehicle then spotted a man carrying a large bag about a mile from the border at Servano Avenue and Valentino Street. Agents examined the bag and found multiple packages of methamphetamine.

The 25-year-old man was arrested, and agents found the drone concealed under a bush.

The DJI Matrice 600 Pro can carry 10 pounds and sells for around $5,000.

“Due to the agents’ heightened vigilance, this drone smuggling scheme was stopped before these dangerous narcotics could enter our communities,” said Acting Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Boone Smith.

The meth had a total weight of 13.4 pounds and an estimated street value of $46,000.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.