Border Patrol lacks technology to detect, stop drones carrying drugs

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January 3, 2018

Border Patrol agents are increasingly worried about the threat from drug-cartel-flown drones, after agents spotted 13 drones suspected of carrying drugs across one section of the U.S.-Mexico border in just one four-day period in November.

Cartels are aware that the U.S. lacks the ability to detect the drones, much less to interdict them, making them a choice method for smuggling high-dollar hard drugs into the country, agents said.

They said the fact that they even spotted the 13 drones was serendipitous and only hints at the scope of the real problem.

“We’re seeing an uptick. We flat-out just don’t have the technology to detect these,” said Brandon Judd, an agent, and president of the National Border Patrol Council. “The number is just astronomical.”

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    Navy successfully tests anti-drone laser weapon
    By: Peter Rathmell – July 19, 2017

    https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2017/07/19/navy-successfully-tests-anti-drone-laser-weapon/

    Laser weapons aren’t just a “Star Wars” fantasy anymore — they are now aboard U.S. Navy warships.

    The Navy has been testing an active laser weapons system, called LaWS, on the amphibious transport dock Ponce for several years. But during a recent test, the Navy proved that LaWS is fully functional and ready for action, reports CNN.

    Without making a sound, the laser targeted a mock enemy drone similar to ones used by Iran, North Korea and China. Using only a focused beam of light, the drone’s wings caught fire and it immediately plunged into the water below, said CNN.

  • DrBillLemoine says:

    So just when and how are Border Patrols seeing drones and have they even asked for counter measures? We always get the bellyaching in these pages, but no leadership, no details of either problems of solutions. Is this simply a Russian rag, driven by bots and foreigners who have no concept of our nation, law enforcers on the border, capabilities or process for finding deterrence to drones? More details in print, online and more solutions from the sources of funds, the U.S. Congress. I don’t credit Trump with anything beyond border wall talk so ICE and others are on their own till further notice. First it was human mules, then cars, trucks, planes, submarines and now drones. Doesn’t anyone have imagination to counter these rich drug lords?

  • Humble Servant says:

    Hunting drones are like hunting geese. You listen and lead them before you squeeze. We have technology to find many things so why have we not placed an aerial monitoring system to detect these drones, now that we know they are being used. Why do we need to be reactive instead of proactive? I am an integrator and am very familiar with some of the latest technology. Lets tell our governing body to quit bickering about Russia and do the job you were hired for. I think Pres. Trump needs to fire some of the deadheads not doing their job to protect us. Do your job or go home…..

    1. bobnstuff says:

      President Trump is part of the problem. He hasn’t done anything but talk about a useless wall when the people working the border are asking for technology. We have less border agents today then when Trump took office. All Trump does is talk, no plan, no action. Congress keeps wasting time investigating things that have nothing to do with passing laws. Endless hearings that produce nothing, it’s not just Russia, it’s also Clinton they are wasting time and money on. It’s not their job.

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