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We know that small-fry drones have been used to smuggle illegal drugs and contraband into prisons, and that mobsters used a homemade drone to smuggle cigarettes into Russia. According to various reports, the Mexican drug cartel is also manufacturing drones to transport narcotics over the US border.

The cartel drone effort was reported by a Missouri drone lawyer last year and the security news site Americas Postes in 2010, and recently resurfaced by Quartz and Robotics Business Review.

"Before long, ambitious cartel members will begin to fly unmanned drone aircraft from Mexico into the US, packed with high value narcotics," drone lawyer John L. Davidson wrote on his blog.

The use of drug drones wouldn't be surprising. Homemade unmanned vehicles are more cost-effective and lower risk than sending manned aircraft and narco submarines to smuggle drugs into the US.

"Theoretically it's something that could be done and indeed we should expect it at some point in the future," Peter Singer, a UAV security and intelligence expert at the Brookings Institute, told me in an email.

“Cartels are adaptive in their use of technology. And drones are a technology becoming more and more available,” he said. “They will match new means to their old ends. The key questions for them as to whether they use drones more and more will be how they allow the cartel to evade surveillance or capture, and lower costs compared to traditional methods."

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This is getting too star warzy don't you think?
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This is getting too star warzy don't you think?
It is really not all that star warzy. RC aircraft have been flown by hobbyists for decades. The US AF used RC planes for target practice during WW II. Germany was pursuing an idea of using thousands of RC's to bomb England at the end of the same war.
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What this does do is give us reason to utilize our resources better. Just ask some of these Duck Dynasty guys to set up blinds on the border.

Get Orlin Brass to make real drone loads and Wah Lah!

It might be interesting to see how the hunting dogs handle the downed birds.
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IF we had a real secure border instead of the half assed security currently in place we could easily stop this. The Feds don't ever want to get serious about securing the border or we would not have the problems we have now. They would sooner spy on citizens than deal with illegals or drug cartels.
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This is a great idea. In fact we should have drone wars. Like competitive TV show stuff.
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So BattleBots in the sky?
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Amazing seems Drug cartels have whatever they need.

Drug Smuggling Submarines (plural)
Inside Seized Drug-Smuggling Submarines - Photo Essays - TIME


Drug Cartel Tunnels



Drug Cartel armored Vehicles




And i think that's some of the stuff they do without gov'ts and banks covert help.
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Back in the late 70's, early 80's, our company had a Cessna 340 pressurized twin we flew between our offices in Florida, Arizona and Illinois. One of the pilots we hired on occasion told a story I could never verify, but most people in that area believed it to be true.

He claimed the DEA hired him to fly drugs out of Mexico which they would then sell to drug dealers and arrest them with the goods. When he eventually got caught by Mexican officials, he was jailed, the DEA refused to acknowledge he was working for them and he almost starved to death as at that point in time in that part of the country, prisoners weren't fed. Thanks to a local, he managed to survive and was only released when he promised to fly a load of drugs into the US for a drug cartel. That resulted in the drug cartel threatening to turn him in if he didn't continue to fly drugs for them and the DEA threatening to eliminate him because of his knowledge of their clandestine operations. I don't know how he managed to work it out (or if he did work it out as he died in his 60's under some mysterious circumstances).

Suffice it to say, many people refused to fly with him.
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Drone wars….



The Terminator movies come to mind….
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