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22 August, 2017

Cartels use drones to smuggle drugs into US

Somewhere in a powder-filled room, Tony Montana is kicking himself - unless he's preoccupied with something else - for not thinking of this drug smuggling tactic.

On August 8, at about 11:30 at night, an agent patrolling the US-Mexico border near San Ysidro, California, heard the sounds of a buzzing motor coming from out of nowhere. However, the sound wasn't from a nearby car: it was coming from above.

Seconds later, the vigilant agent saw a remote control-operated drone whizzing over the Mexico border into US territory. From there, he tracked the flying machine and radioed fellow patrolmen. The authorities were eventually led to an entrepreneurial 25-year-old man who was caught hiding the drugs in a lunchbox. The $5,000 drone was found hidden in a nearby bush.

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Once arrested by border agents, Jorge Edwin Rivera quickly spilled the beans on the whole operation. According to federal court documents, Rivera, who was getting $1,000 for every successful transaction, was meant to deliver the more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine to a man identified as "Primo" at a San Ysidro gas station.

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