Drug smugglers tried to move nearly $330K worth of meth in ultralight aircraft near Imperial County: CBP

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Customs and Border Protection shared this image to show an example of the type of ultralight aircraft intercepted July 11, 2020, by CBP agents.

Customs and Border Protection shared this image to show an example of the type of ultralight aircraft intercepted July 11, 2020, by CBP agents.

Drug smugglers are getting pretty creative, but it’s not every day that they try to do it in an ultralight aircraft.

US Customs and Border Protection seized 145.5 pounds of methamphetamine from an ultralight aircraft near the US-Mexico border Saturday, CBP announced in a news release Monday.

The 145.5 pounds of methamphetamine seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on July 11, 2020 (CBP)
The 145.5 pounds of methamphetamine seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on July 11, 2020 (CBP)

The makeshift aircraft was flying in low altitude near Heber in Imperial County early Saturday when agents were called in to investigate, the CBP said.

Agents found a metal basket and a white duffel bag, which had 26 clear plastic containers full of meth, according to the statement. The street value of the haul is $327,375.

There was no mention of a pilot flying the aircraft or whether anyone involved in the operation was arrested.

The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the release.

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