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Cartels use ultra-light aircraft to smuggle drugs into the United States

“Mexico‚Äôs federal Public Security Agency reported that criminal cartels have adopted the use of ultra-light aircraft to smuggle drugs into the United States.

These aircraft have a 100 kilo payload and can land in unpopulated or vacant areas where they are awaited by other persons. They can also fly at heights that preclude both visual and radar detection.

The cost of the aircraft is relatively small in comparison with the price of drugs, so they are sometimes abandoned within the U.S. A kilo of drugs increases in value from 8,000 dollars in Mexico to 30,000 after it crosses the border, thus resulting in a profit of more than 2 million dollars per 100 kilo load.

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