Border Patrol seizes marijuana dropped from ultralight aircraft

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Border Patrol agents seized 185 pounds of marijuana dropped from an ultralight aircraft. By Jennifer Thomas Border Patrol agents seized 185 pounds of marijuana dropped from an ultralight aircraft. By Jennifer Thomas
Border Patrol agents seized 185 pounds of marijuana dropped from an ultralight aircraft. By Jennifer Thomas Border Patrol agents seized 185 pounds of marijuana dropped from an ultralight aircraft. By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than $92,000 worth of marijuana dropped from an ultralight aircraft Tuesday morning.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, camera operators from the Douglas Station observed the ultralight fly over the U.S. border from Mexico at approximately 3 a.m. and later drop suspected drugs near Sunsites.
 
Willcox Station agents responded to the drop site and located a basket containing 10 bundles of marijuana weighing nearly 185 pounds. Two Mexican nationals were arrested.

The aircraft was observed traveling south into Mexico at approximately 4:45 a.m.

The Border Patrol says use of the ultralight is an example of criminal organizations using alternative methods to smuggle their cargo. The seizure is an example of the agency using technology to prevent illegal activity along the border.