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DRONES TRANSPORTING ILLEGAL GOODS

Police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot.

Tijuana police spokesman Jorge Morrua said authorities were alerted after the drone fell Tuesday night near the San Ysidro crossing at Mexico’s border with California.

Six packets of the drug, weighing more than six pounds, were taped to the six-propeller remote-controlled aircraft. Morrua said authorities are investigating where the flight originated and who was controlling it. He said it was not the first time they had seen drones used for smuggling drugs across the border.

Other innovative efforts have included catapults, ultralight aircraft and tunnels.

In April, authorities in South Carolina found a drone outside the fence of a prison that had been carrying cellphones, marijuana and tobacco.

In March an Australian man was charged with attempting to deliver illegal drugs to an Australian prison.

In 2012 a drone dropped drugs into a Quebec prison.

Last June prison staff at Wheatfield Prison in Dublin noticed a large object crash-landing from above, and prisoners ran towards the drone, which was packed with lots of drugs.Ironically, the drone is said to have crashed due to hitting special netting installed to prevent man-sized helicopters from attempting to land in the prison yard to help prisoners escape.

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