A drone that crashed on the Mexico side of the Southern U.S. border was carrying six pounds of crystal meth, police reported on Wednesday.
According to the Tijuana Secretary of Public Security, authorities received an anonymous call around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday that the drone had crash-landed. When police arrived at the supermarket parking lot where the drone had landed, they found six pounds of crystal meth attached to the aircraft.
The drugs may be worth up to $70,000, according to data provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The Tijuana Secretary of Public Security said that the drone, identified as a Spreading Wings S900 model, was likely unable to carry the weight of the drugs. However, according to DJI, the model’s manufacturer, the drone is meant to carry up to 15 pounds for 18 minutes while hovering at 3 feet.
Tijuana police spokesperson Jorge Morrua said authorities were investigating into the flight’s origin. He added that this wasn’t the first time drones have been used as drug mules.
“Criminals are looking for innovation in order to achieve their objectives,” the Tijuana Secretary of Public Security said.
Catapults, ultralight aircraft and tunnels are among just some of the innovative smuggling techniques used recently, according to Morrua.