U.S. authorities are reporting that an ultra-light aircraft from Mexico came into U.S. airspace unannounced near San Diego for a drug drop-off earlier this week.
The incident occurred on Monday around 4:15 a.m. when border authorities spotted and tracked on radar an ultra-light aircraft crossing the U.S./Mexico border and entering San Diego County. U.S. authorities sent a helicopter to track the aircraft while Border Patrol attempted to locate the suspected drug drop off location.
The aircraft hovered around the Brown Field Airport in San Diego and was tracked heading back to Mexico, never landing. Brown Field is located some 13 miles outside of downtown San Diego and 1.5 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.
At the drop off location authorities found a metal cage that is used to hold cargo on ultra-light aircraft with ten bundles of marijuana inside. The 260 pounds of pot seized has a street value of $157,000.
Two men were found at the drop off scene inside a Ford Expedition. One of the suspects was an undocumented immigrant and the other a U.S. resident.
The U.S. government is spending some $100 million to fight drug smugglers who use small aircraft to bring drugs in the U.S. Special radar is needed for real-time detection of these planes that have a very small radar signature as they fly at low altitudes.