"Yes" Fly Zone on Border DHS gives UltraLight free reign
SecureBorderIntel.org -- October 21 Violation of US Airspace by Drug Smuggling Aircraft
Omaha "Hi-Flier" aircraft detected an UltraLight "bogie" aircraft, 12 miles north of the US/Mexico Border on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, headed northeast. Ultralight aircraft was tracked to a location near Sunland Gin and Ellis Road -- 13 miles south of Interstate 8, south of Arizona City... some 60 miles northeast of where the aircraft was first detected.
At this location, the UltraLight aircraft was observed dropping bales of marijuana to individuals on the ground. Responding agents took 3 smugglers and 10 bales of marijuana (approx. 250 lbs) into custody.
There was no apparent effort to interdict or disable the Ultralight aircraft before or after the "drug drop" and it is assumed that it flew back toward Mexico. Sources indicate that it is US Government policy not to interfere with such incursions into US airspace.... only track them to the "drop zone". Sources also indicate that these incursions occur regularly, with a high frequency of incursions near Douglas, AZ. Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol Comment
It would have taken this aircraft more than two hours to make this trip. It could have been carrying a WMD. It should have been intercepted and forced to land. I was once intercepted by two F-16s, even though I was not a threat. Technology is available to detect ultralights if our government is serious about protecting us.