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Creative Drug Traffickers Using Unmanned Drones as Mules

Creative Drug Traffickers Using Unmanned Drones as Mules

In an interesting twist on the idea of an unmanned drone, it appears some border-savvy drug traffickers have figured out that it may be safer and cheaper to transport their contraband across borders using UAVs. This recent story, which details the use of a drone to transport six pounds of methamphetamine into California, shows how

In an interesting twist on the idea of an unmanned drone, it appears some border-savvy drug traffickers have figured out that it may be safer and cheaper to transport their contraband across borders using UAVs. This recent story, which details the use of a drone to transport six pounds of methamphetamine into California, shows how UAVs are being pressed into service to support darker societal elements.  Full story at engaget.

Dronefutures asks the question, can or will the well-financed drug market be a catalyst for development of new apps, tools and possibly become a mass training ground for up and coming pilots and programmers? The cat and mouse game between smugglers and authorities escalates the features required of drones tasked with transporting illicit cargo.  As a result innovations in stealth, programming, GPS use, manufacturing etc. could be developed implemented. The drug market may provide the demand and associated capital to create the tools that will be used for more positive drone applications around the world.

Is this a bad thing?  We will keep an eye on these developments.

Image via: engaget

 

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  • Eric Clare
    April 19, 2015, 7:05 pm

    Government intervention is always a potential problem. In a separate article, it is reported that Mexican drug cartels are using factory workers to build drones for smuggling. The war on drugs benefits nobody in the U.S. or anywhere else for that matter. Drug profits used to educate inner city kids about the programming of drones for delivery, piloting, surveillance would all be positive job creating scenarios for the use of drug profits.

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