A 25-year-old U.S. citizen caught using a drone to smuggle 13 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States has been handed a 12-year prison term.
The incident occurred on the night of Aug. 8, 2017, when Border Patrol agents saw a drone flying over the border fence about two miles west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
“Agents on all-terrain vehicles responded and located a man on foot in the vicinity,” said the agency. “He was carrying a large bag filled with bundles of methamphetamine. The small drone was located nearby beneath some brush.”
The unusual smuggling effort drew international attention, with stories from Britain to Australia, as well as across U.S. media.
Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Roy D. Villareal said: “We appreciate the determination, persistence and hard work of all law enforcement partners involved in the case.
“The United States Attorney’s Office and its diligent efforts have resulted in a successful prosecution and conviction, and a sentencing that should deter this type of criminal activity in the future.”
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