A man has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine into the US from Mexico.
Jorge Edwin Rivera, 25, told the US authorities that he was paid to deliver the drugs to an accomplice at a filling station in San Diego.
Rivera, who is a US citizen, admitted smuggling the drugs five or six times since March.
Border agents spotted the flying drone on August 8 and tracked it back to Rivera who was about 2,000 yards from the border.
He was found with the methamphetamine in a lunchbox and a drone was hidden in a nearby bush.
Drones have not normally been the mode of choice for smuggling narcotics into the America, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
This is because they are only capable of carrying small amounts and are regarded as less cost-effective than using boats or hidden vehicle compartments.
As carrying weight and range increase, they’ll ever more become the method of choice.
Sure, this guy got caught, but they do solve the basic smuggling problem, which is that no one has to put themselves at direct risk by being with the contraband while in that customs station.