Photo: Ultra Light Aircaft
Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station seized 230 pounds of marijuana that was dropped by an ultra-light aircraft.
Border Patrol agents were notified at approximately 11 p.m. by the CBP Air and Marine Operations Center of a possible ultra-light traveling north from the U.S/Mexico border fence. Border Patrol agents responded to the last known location indicated by Air and Marine Operators. While conducting surveillance of the area, agents observed a black GMC Sierra truck with visible packages inside the cab and a metal cage in the bed of the truck. Metal cages are frequently used for dropping narcotics from ultra-light aircrafts.
Agents conducted a vehicle stop and discovered ten packages of Marijuana, weighing over 230 pounds, with an estimated value of over $184,000.
The individual, vehicle, and marijuana were seized and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.