Drones have flown pizza, beer and dry cleaning and as they become less expensive to own, more uses for the craft are popping up everyday. It didn’t take long for some enterprising illegal drug supplier to find a darker use for the craft. Someone figured out that packing a drone with meth offers a delivery system that carries less risk of getting caught.
A drone packed with methamphetamine came crashing down in the middle of a supermarket parking lot near a Mexican border city. While the owner of the meth hasn’t been found, his overloaded payload is now gone for good!
According to Fox News on Jan. 22, the drone was packed with too much weight bringing it down in a Tijuana parking lot. The Mexican police are looking for the operator of the drone, but so far they don’t know who this illegal flying cargo belongs to. The drone was found near the San Ysidro crossing, which links California and Mexico.
The drone was carrying six packages of methamphetamine, weighing over six pounds, according to the Bloomberg Report. The six-propeller aircraft might have made its destination if the drone carried less weight. The packages were taped to the drone in an apparent attempt to secure the freight for the flight. It looks as if someone prepared for a bumpy ride, but didn’t put too much thought into its weight.
While drones are being used for many creative ideas these days, like the beer run in the concert stadium or the pizza place that tried out drone pizza delivery, it was just a matter of time before a much darker delivery service was conjured up. This is probably just the beginning of illegal activity trafficking overhead.
The meth drone was found by civilians and they called the police to report what had just dropped out of the sky. The crash landing was only about 1,000 yards or 10 city blocks away from the U.S. border, reports Bloomberg today.
With Amazon selling about 10,000 drones a month, the skies will soon be filled with drones for recreation and delivery services. Amazon has started testing drone deliveries themselves for the delivery of their own light packages to customers. Their pilot program is attempting to get these lighter packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.
The drone population explosion has come along with fears of safety. A drone operator can just as easily strap dangerous objects onto this craft as they can a pizza or beer. A drone crashed outside a prison fence back in April carrying a load of cell phones, marijuana and tobacco, which was meant for some inmate inside the institution.
While this new technology can make life easier in many aspects of commercial sales, it can also be used as a vessel of dangerous cargo. With law enforcement already taxed trying to keep law and order on the ground, how will they take to the airspace above their heads as a suspicious package attached to a drone speeds by?