REPORT: Border Patrol captures aircraft carrying $500,000 worth of meth, fentanyl


Authorities seized an ultralight carrying a half-million dollars worth of illegal drugs shortly after it touched down near Tucson on Thursday night.

A news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection says surveillance equipment spotted the modified aircraft entering U.S. airspace around 11 p.m.

The article goes on to state the following:

Law enforcement electronically tracked the aircraft until it landed at an improvised landing area south of Tucson, CBP said.

CBP further reports:

Agents encountered the aircraft abandoned along a rural dirt road, with two large plastic storage containers affixed to the fuselage. Canine units on scene inspected the aircraft and discovered numerous methamphetamine packages inside the containers.

The drugs and aircraft were seized and transported to the Nogales Border Patrol Station, where testing confirmed the packages contained over 143lbs of meth and over 200 grams of fentanyl.  

An AMO helicopter crew and Border Patrol agents conducted an exhaustive search of the area, but did not find the presumed pilot.

Modified ultralight aircraft siezed by BCP in ARizona.

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