Colombian Narco-Traffickers Embracing UAV's to Transport Cocaine Shipments


On Nov.15, 2015, Colombia's authorities confiscated an unmanned vehicle system for carrying small shipments of cocaine to Panama.

Near the town of Bahía Solano on Colombia’s northwest coast, the police found 130 kilos (286 pounds) of cocaine, and small pieces of UAS buried in the ground.

The regional police commander stated that the aircraft was owned by the world's largest cocaine producer, Clan del Golfo, or “Gulf Clan." The group is formed by 1,000 to 5,000 men, and, as a main function, the gang traffic drugs.

“The drone was used to carry cocaine to Panama, it had the capacity to transport 10 kilograms (22 pounds) per journey and it traveled a 100 kilometer (62 mile) distance,” General Jose Acevedo said.

This is not the first time police has confiscated unmanned systems vehicles for carrying drugs. According to CNN, in January 2015, the Tijuana police find a UAS crashed on the US-Mexico border. The vehicle carried six pounds of crystal meth. This was the first time the US Custom and Border Protection intercepted and reported a narcotic-smuggling drone.

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