Man uses drone to fly methamphetamine over the southern border into America.

By |2019-01-23T07:26:13-08:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |11 Comments

How tall is that wall going to have to be again?

Courtesy of The New York Post

A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine from Mexico by drone, an unusually large seizure for what is still a novel technique to bring illegal drugs into the United States, authorities said Friday.

Jorge Edwin Rivera told authorities that he used drones to smuggle drugs five or six times since March, typically delivering them to an accomplice at a nearby gas station in San Diego, according to a statement of probable cause. He said he was to be paid $1,000 for the attempt that ended in his arrest.

Border Patrol agents in San Diego allegedly saw the drone in flight on Aug. 8 and tracked it to Rivera about 2,000 yards from the Mexico border. Authorities say agents found Rivera with the methamphetamine in a lunch box and a 2-foot drone hidden in a nearby bush.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said in a recent annual report that drones are not often used to smuggle drugs from Mexico because they can only carry small loads, though it said they may become more common. In 2015, two people pleaded guilty to dropping 28 pounds of heroin from a drone in the border town of Calexico, California. That same year, Border Patrol agents in San Luis, Arizona, spotted a drone dropping bundles with 30 pounds of marijuana.

Drones may not be used that often right now, but the technology is improving and soon they will be able to carry larger payloads and maneuver to avoid detection. 

So let’s see, we now know that most illegal drugs come through our ports, there are tunnels to avoid existing walls, and drone technology exists to overcome any obstacle. 

So why is the government closed again? 

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11 Comments

  1. Anonymous January 24, 2019 at 4:20 am

    So why is the government closed again?
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    Because the idiot in the WH is having a temper tantrum and his son-in-law (the one with the dubious security clearance) is advising him to dig in and the Democrats will cave. I sure hope he doesn’t hold his breath on that one.

  2. Anon January 24, 2019 at 5:02 am

    I doubt that Trump will compromise accepting less than full funding for his wall. The news of the White House preparing for the shutdown extending until March appears they do not care about the people and their families furloughed or working without pay. I cannot imagine that Trump cares about anything except winning including national security issues.

    • Anonymous January 24, 2019 at 8:00 am

      Here is an example of the swamp dweller remarks about furloughed workers, talk about out of touch. They also need to be reminded THEY got a nice fat tax cut at the expense of the rest of us.

      Why doesn’t he “loan” some of his $700 million, at 0% interest rate!!!!!!

      By the way, trump supporters, thanks for another swamp dweller you were so eager to get rid of.
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      Commerce chief asks why furloughed workers using food banks
      By JONATHAN LEMIRE – The Associated Press

      NEW YORK (AP) Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, one of the richest people in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, is questioning why furloughed federal workers are reluctant to take out loans to get through the government shutdown.
      Ross was asked on CNBC on Thursday about why some of the 800,000 workers currently not receiving paychecks are going to homeless shelters to get food.

      Ross, whose financial disclosure forms reveal $700 million in assets, said he “didn’t quite understand” why workers would do that.

      He advocated that workers borrow from a bank or credit union, saying “there’s no real reason why they shouldn’t be able to get a loan against it.”

      The comments were the latest in out-of-touch remarks about the shutdown from Trump officials. Trump said workers need to “make adjustments.”

    • Anonymous January 24, 2019 at 8:08 am

      Well if that damn turtlehead McConnell would allow a vote in the senate, trump vetoes, it goes back to the house… end of shut down

  3. anonymous January 24, 2019 at 6:24 am

    I can see him asking the military for a few unused drones to shoot down the drones that fly higher than the proposed wall and adding another billion or two for special telescoping-handled butterfly nets capable of bringing a drugged drone to ground. Border Patrol will be thrilled with the new toys.

  4. Anonymous January 24, 2019 at 8:02 am

    I heard on TMZ that someone came up with the idea to pay for the wall by putting advertising on it. Who is going to drive to the wall to look at billboards.

    However the funny part was someone asked, on which side of the wall.. they could put a NIKE ad on the Mexican side…JUST DO IT.

    • Bingo! January 24, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      Now that is about the most reasonable way to ‘pay for the wall’. Bingo. Advertisers can pay for it.

  5. 2100 January 24, 2019 at 8:11 am

    “Drone project underway to predict the spread of wildfires using UAV tech
    A researcher at the University of Missouri is working with scholars to develop drone technology to predict the spread of wildfires.

    The Columbia Missourian reported that the project aims to use UAVs to collect real-time data and send it to firefighters on the ground in hope to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading.

    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation, the project’s professor, Ming Xin, said the drones follow a simulation that can precisely predict where a fire will spread within the next half an hour period.
    The simulation is based on thermal imagery of an area and data on wind, terrain and vegetation and enables the drones to collect real-time data with thermal imaging cameras and sensors that help estimate the wind field.

    The report went on to confirm that the researchers are planning on launching test flights at the University of Kansas Field Station this summer.”

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/01/23/al-gore-amanpour.cnn

    “The five hottest years ever measured have been in the last five years,” the former Vice President tells Christiane Amanpour.
    “Donald J. Trump has become the global face of climate denial.”

  6. anonymous January 24, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/stranger-holds-umbrella-for-sheriffs-deputy-saluting-a-fallen-officer-in-the-rain/

    “I was representing everybody,”

    “I didn’t want her to get wet while I stood there dry,”

    “My intention was never to get attention.
    My intention was to pay my respects to Sgt. Carter and to help this deputy who paid her respects to Sgt. Carter,”

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