The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is investigating a drug trafficking incident where a tiny DJI Mini 2 drone was used to smuggle 259g of meth – 10g more than the drone’s own weight – across the US border.
A search warrant released recently provides more details into the incident that occurred on October 7, 2021.
According to the affidavit, a US Border Patrol Agent assigned to California’s Tecate border received a radio dispatch around 8:40 a.m. that a drone had been spotted flying over the 25-foot-high US-Mexico international boundary fence. As the agent went to investigate, he saw the drone hovering over a nearby parking lot before ascending to the ground into an open lot.
Within moments, a gray Mercedes with California license plates entered the nearly empty parking lot and pulled up right next to the drone. The agent intervened and picked up the drone, only to discover an attached bundle whose contents later tested positive for…