Ultralight plane used to drop marijuana into the U.S.

DOUGLAS, AZ - Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized over 200 pounds of marijuana dropped by an ultralight aircraft in Southern Arizona this week.

According to a CBP news release, the agency alerted Border Patrol agents at the Douglas station of a possible ultralight aircraft in the area early Tuesday morning.

Agents used remote video surveillance cameras to spot the aircraft and monitor its location.

The ultralight was seen making its way across the border into the U.S. and Border Patrol agents followed it as it headed north several miles where it dropped what appeared to be several bundles of suspected narcotics.

The ultralight then returned to Mexico.

Douglas Border Patrol agents searched the area and found the dropped bundles. They confirmed the bundles contained marijuana.

A total of nine bundles were found weighing 210 pounds.

According to CBP, "This is an example of how coordinated efforts utilizing technology are playing a key role in preventing illegal activity along the border."

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