Skip to comments.Drug-filled Mexican planes land nightly along southern border despite $100 million sensor technology
Posted on 06/28/2013 6:54:53 AM PDT by yoe
In one California border town, at least four drug-laden, ultralight airplanes from Mexico land each night on U.S. soil, dropping off hundreds of pounds of narcotics then flying back to Mexico, all the while eluding a $100 million detection system funded by American taxpayers.
The U.S. Border Patrols inability to find and catch these planes, operated by the Mexican drug cartels and sometimes piloted by armed dealers, is among the emerging border security threats a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing will tackle on Thursday.
The panel wants to highlight growing border security problems as Congress debates immigration reform legislation that includes provisions aimed at bolstering border security...
[snip] Chaffetz learned about the deluge of the home-built drug planes crossing the into the United States during a visit earlier this year to border areas in Arizona and Mexico.
Border patrol agents told him that despite the hefty price tag paid for the sensors, they are not helping agents stop the ultralights. The planes land in border towns all along the Mexican border, including El Centro, California, where multiple air drops happen every night.
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They quickly learned that the US radar systems installed have trouble distinguishing low flying, slow going ultralights from ground vehicular traffic.
The profit on one haul dwarfs the cost of the ultralight which can be abandoned. Crossing in areas where windmills may be present is even easier I’d expect.
The dirtbags in DC must be consuming a lot of drugs also.
The best thing that could happen to this Country is for them all to get a "bad batch".
It shouldn’t be too technically challenging to get drones to do the flying.
If Obama were giving an outdoor speech at Petco Park they’d darned sure find a way to seal-up the airspace.
There is a lack of desire to fix the problem. I am pretty sure that all they would have do is tell Juan Valdez that we have a sent up drones to protect the border and he would have difficulty getting anyone to want to fly.
Apparently, the drug smugglers weren’t giving a big enough cut to the Feds and their banker buddies.
When it comes to drug imports, the Feds don’t like competition.
Where the drones when you need them?
Sending a Predator missile from a drone would pretty much swat that mosquito out of the sky. That happens a couple dozen times, it would be hard to find prospective pilots to run this particular airlift.
It wouldn’t be hard to use IR to spot them. After that ...
This is not much different from Mena AR and the dirty dealing going on back then. Planes full of drugs landing unopposed in the U.S. is a part of any democrat administration. One more source of democrat funding.
FUBO, FAD, down with the democrat party
AND randomly while on benefits. Get a CONFIRMED positive. . . forfeit benefits for 10 years.
Frankly, I always wondered if they were into smuggling! Why risk a pilot?
But Ultralights and light sport planes? A whole new dimension in aviation. Some can easily carry hundreds of pounds, many are made of radar-resistant fiberglass and spruce and can land in a a hundred yards and take off in two. Amazing. Put it all down in the column next to the Colombian fiberglass submarine smuggling fleet.
Build your own?
Couple that with the basic sensor problem in distinguishing this near-vehicle like signature (radar and IR) further complicates the problem...follow a highway at 100 meters height until you get where you want to go sort of thing.
That said, this country will not authorize weapons use even if they should. They reserve that option for things like Ruby Ridge, Waco and other TBD options.
Technology is fungible. Pretty soon they'll be flying the drugs in with drones.
Lots of money changes hands and unscrupulous individuals on THIS side of the border certainly have it all their own way!
As long as the profit margin is high, people will find a way to get this stuff in. If we spend another fifty billion and find a way to stop all these ultralights, they’ll just start using something else, like catapults.
Then they’ll just buy some quadrotor drones and use those. It is not like the cartels can’t afford them.
“...nightly...” and daily too. Obviously we haven’t spent enough on the drug war, or hired enough cops, or created enough agencies to do proper combat. In this day of infrared technology, it’s amazing ultralights can’t be seen swarming in from Mexico. We need Sky Net, killer drones controlled by pimple faced kids, scouring the border for low flying Mexicans.
Which is why the drug war will continue.
I am fast approaching the legalize it all approach.
Legal for gays to marry, legal for people to kill themselves with drugs, etc.
It is up to the individual to regulate themselves.
Make high potency drugs available cheap and let Darwin sort them out.
I will take my risk driving to get rid of ATF and DEA.
Make drugs available on EBT cards. Just make sure the drugs are potent enough that they will overdose. In a couple of years....problem solved.
the Mexican government essentially is the drug cartel. When you see the Mexican government taking down drug dealers, you’ll notice that it’s always from the same cartels (competitors), and not their sponsored ones.
with all our drones and the nsa etc..there is no way in heaven these planes are just "missed"...
That, Sir, is an excellent idea!
Just look at the Kennedy clan.
In the end, with Liberals incessantly pushing for complete freedom from personal and individual responsibility ...it could likely BE the final position on dangerous drugs!
We we see them all the time. We just aren’t allowed to do anything about it.
Make drugs legal but also make it legal, as it once was, for people to keep dopers out of their neighborhood or town or city.
Unmanned aircraft might even be smaller. 2-3 kilos, 6.5-10 lbs. is not much of a load to carry, or to lose. Yeah, this is a real problem.
For most of history towns and cities were walled to keep the barbarians out. Americans didn't need walls because we dealt with barbarians ruthlessly. Now the captured US government punishes us for daring to maintain our civilization.
It will get so bad that indeed we will see the return of wall off cities but it will only be for connected Big Government/Big Corporation types and their fellow travelers.
Ooooo, daddy like! I want one of those.
“lack of desire”
Nail, meet hammer. We’ve all heard the expression, ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way.’
As far as illegals and drugs go, there’s no will to stop them from the Down Low Won and his choom gang, Janet, Eric, et al.
They send them guns, wave them through. It would make a murder of crows blush, but not these birds.
Those ‘sensors’ are only to detect the ‘drug traffic’ so the FEDS can be assured they get their ‘due cut’ off the traffickers.
These things can be built from PVC and nylon sheets and powered by a tiny lawnmower engine. Practically no radar and hear signature.
The product costs pennies to make in the jungle and sells for more than gold in the streets. For that reason, it can NEVER be stopped.
All attempts at ramping up the WOD will simply result in more profits for bootleggers and less rights for us. But hey, maybe that was the plan all along...
Ultralights aren't all the expensive, are they? I wonder what the max payload is.
And what's to keep the border patrol (or someone like me) from setting up jammers?
block gps, cellphone and satellite along the entire border?
I guess it could be done but you would be jamming every legitimate user. Millions of Americans live right on the border.