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2 accused of using drone to deliver drugs across the border

Illinois residents may have recently heard that two California men who has been accused of smuggling heroin into the United States from Mexico pleaded guilty. A spokesperson for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stated that the two men attempted to use a drone to get the drugs across the border.

The men, ages 18 and 19, reportedly drove to Calexico, California, to get their hands on a bag of heroin that had been delivered to the area via a drone in April. The 18-year-old reportedly navigated the drone to the spot after taking control of it when it passed across the border. The 19-year-old reportedly put the drugs in the trunk of a vehicle. Both individuals face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

It was noted that, within the last four years, drones were being used to get bundles of marijuana across the border in California. Because the drones can only carry so much weight, it was argued that this form of delivery was still in its experimental stage. However, Mexican authorities reported in January that a drone carrying methamphetamine was attempting to make its way into the U.S. when it crashed in a Tijuana parking lot.

People who have been charged with drug trafficking may be potentially facing a lengthy prison sentence, heavy fines and years of probation once they are released. A criminal defense attorney may have the ability to fight the charges on behalf of a client who has been so charged by demonstrating that the search that led to the seizure of the drugs was not carried out in a constitutional manner, thus rendering the evidence inadmissible in court.

Source: TIME, 2 Plead Guilty to Using Drones to Smuggle Heroin Into U.S., Associated Press, Aug. 12, 2015

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