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“Narco drones” puts all U.S. border efforts in question.

Not exactly this model, but smaller unmmaned ultralight planes are smuggling drugs into U.S.

The Public Security Secretariat (SSP) of Mexico announced yesterday that the cartels have adopted a new way of sending cocaine to the U.S.: by ultralight unmmaned planes. Each plane weighs about one hundred pounds and can carry a hundred kilograms of drugs. According to Francisco González, Undersecretary of SSP , the cartels now have this new technology using planes powered by an ultralight engine. The drones are very cost effective, very economical and can not be detected by radars. Also, have the ability to land on vacant lots or any possible field clearing.

Once the drugs are on U.S. soil , illegal traffickers who operate in the U.S. take the drugs and leave the aircraft. González explained that the operation is extremely profitable. First, because ultralight planes are cheap – most are homemade. Then, a kilo of cocaine, worth $ 8000 in Mexico, jumps to $ 30,000 when it comes to the USA.

According to González, the drug is purchased at $ 1700 in Colombia. At that price, each flight of ultralight earns $ 2 million to the Mexican drug traffickers, according to calculations by the SSP.

The supremacy of undetected small narco drones at the south border could be imitated by terrorists, said analysts.