Tijuana officials have reported that a drone overloaded with drugs flying from Mexico to the U.S. crash-landed in Tijuana, raising questions since the official story has a “sheep dip” ring to it, especially since the drug packed in the unmanned aerial vehicle was methamphetamine.
The overloaded drone “crashed just south of the U.S. border city of San Ysidro, California, in a failed drug delivery this week,” CNN reports on Friday.
CNN also includes: “It crashes in a Tijuana supermarket parking lot before it can (sic) reach U.S.”
Tijuana Municipal Police, roughly a 30-minute car ride from San Diego, said the drone was loaded with over 6 pounds of the synthetic drug crystal meth, the brutally addictive drug mainly manufactured in the U.S. Now, the new drug-drone partnership is flourishing. In 2013, San Diego joined forces with Tijuana to become the worlds’ drone epicenter. By 2012, Already, 7,000 jobs in San Diego already had been dedicated to the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry, according to a report by the National University System Institute. Now the partnership is flourishing.
“Clearly these manufacturers are interested not only in unmanned vehicles for military use, but also in the civilian market,” Erik Bruvold, President of NUSIPR and co-author of its report had said, as reported by ABC News. “They understand that’s where there is growth potential.”
Why transport meth to one of the world’s meth capital nations: the United States?
The drone that crashed Tuesday was reportedly carrying approximately #50,000USD of methamphetamine. U.S. DEA Special Agent Matt Barden said,. “Once you get it across the border, that stuff’s like gold.” Methamphetamine, however, is mainly a US manufactured drug that is routinely transported from the U.S. into Mexico, not vice versa.
U-T San Diego says meth seizures have increased at U.S. ports of entry since marijuana was legalized in certain American states and drug cartels thus concentrating on making and smuggling meth that drug and heroin, according to the LA Times. The LA Times did not report, however. that this smuggling is typically of meth produced in the US – smuggled south, into Mexico and further afield.
In the 1990s, drug trafficking organizations developed methamphetamine laboratories in the U.S., such as in California, that generate fifty pounds in a single weekend. Smaller private labs have sprung up in American kitchens and apartments, earning the drug one of its names, “stove top.” The meth business in the US is booming, so much so that drug makers producing purer and less expensive versions of meth have been bringing the labs into the US from Mexico, according to Russia Today, not the other way around.
US officials have been reportedly using the recent drone crash to bolster their public images as protectors of the US and the law. “In collaboration with our federal, state, local and international law enforcement partners, CBP remains vigilant against emerging trends and ever-changing tactics employed by transnational criminal organizations behind illegal attempts to smuggle narcotics into the U.S,” said said Alberto Vallina, supervisory Border Patrol agent in San Diego.
Former border patrol agent John Carman tells a different story. United States authorities continue to turn a blind eye to most illicit drugs and guns passing through the US-Mexican border, according to Carman in an interview conducted by Deborah Dupré, shortly after he was released from prison.
With surveillance technology abuses rampant against law-abiding citizens, the same technology is not curtailing activities criminals involved in the transnational drug trade, according to Carman, who said he watched and reported border drug runs and suffered imprisonment for reporting it. Carman had documented and reported on corruption related to Hillary Clinton’s scandalous Fast and Furious border program.
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Not only that, the CIA notoriously transports drugs in the illicit transnational drug trade, as Humberto Fernandez details in his 1998 best seller, Heroin. Under Clinton’s watchful eye as Secretary of State, the CIA supplied weapons to Mexican drug runners through the U.S. Fast and Furious program. In February 2011, the Pentagon began flying high-altitude, unarmed drones over Mexican skies, reportedly to collect information to give to Mexican law enforcement agencies.
In September, investigative reporter Daniel Hopsicker of Madcow Morning News reported that FAA registration records revealed an American “mystery plane” busted the month before with 35 kilos of heroin at an airport outside Sydney, Australia actually belonged to the CIA.
“At least, it had been when it rolled off the assembly line 40 years earlier, courtesy a CIA deal with the U.S. Forest Service. And the CIA never sells off its planes,” Hopsicker wrote. “The American-registered ‘mystery plane’ in Australia was a Merlin III twin–engine turbo-prop ( tail number N224HR).
“FAA registration records show it was commissioned in the early 70’s by the U.S. Forest Service from aircraft manufacturer Swearingen in San Antonio, part of an operation to “sheep-dip” CIA planes through the U.S. Forest Service.
“Sheep-dip” is spook-speak for concealing the source or true ownership of something, or, at the very least, hiding it from Congress. When the plane was ordered, the CIA was merely anticipating Congressional calls for reining in the CIA, through (tellingly) forcing the Agency to divest its proprietary airlines. (Read more here)
Regarding the latest transnational drug running embarrassment, one thing is for certain: When it comes to the politics of drugs, the truth is about as hard to come by as is coming clean.