The border between The United States and Mexico is seeing a rise in drone use by both drug traffickers transporting narcotics and law enforcement looking to stop criminal activity. This situation proves to be a race between both sides as technology evolves in the drone industry and as new systems are developed to stop them.
A technological race
“extremely successful in detecting and tracking ultralights operating along the Southwest Border,”
According to the Washington Examiner, there have been 36 reports of drone sightings along the southern border in the 2018 fiscal year which began on March 26th. Just to compare, there were only 19 total sightings in the 2017 fiscal year.
Of these 36 reported sightings, only one drone was seized by border patrol officials. This does not include unseen incidents, times when criminals were successful with their mission over the border. In a statement, Gabris explained:
“It was being used for counter-surveillance in conjunction with narcotics smuggling. We cannot be certain of ownership or intent of each of the sUAS. The potential for the sUASs to be involved in counter-surveillance activities is high because of the areas in which they are operating.”
Drones pose a serious threat at the border and will continue to be a valuable tool for criminals until measures are taken to stop them from flying into our country. Criminals are using drones to smuggle various items past law enforcement, who are quickly learning how to deal with emerging technologies like these small aircraft.
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Photo credit: The Washington Times