Airplane "Bombs" Sierra Vista Ultralight drops load of drugs on town
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Glenn Spencer --- American Border Patrol -- March 9 It was approaching midnight on Thursday when a high-flying Customs and Border Protection airplane spotted an ultralight heading for Sierra Vista, Arizona. One-Alpha-Mike... Omaha-Two-Five.... we're tracking ultralight traffic south of Sierra Vista about to make a drop.... JFC requests if you can give us a hand with this... Omaha-One-Alpha- Mike... its Omaha-Two-Five... yeah... priority is the ultralight... if you can work your way to the east.... N31 28.49, W110 13.51.... tracking northwest south of Sierra Vista... Agents working the Campobello/ Camino Principal area... on "Mule One" ...this is Omaha 25.... umm... I don't know if you guys already got passed this info... I got "cloud masked" when he dropped.. but we scanned the area.... no movement so far but I have a few hot spots if somebody wants to check them out.... it's up to you guys... We are unaware if the drugs were found or what happened to the ultralight.
Three years ago American Border Patrol's ultralight was used in a test to see if the Aerostat that hovers over Sierra Vista could see it.
It was just lucky that the CBP high-flyer happened to be scanning the area with a thermal camera when the ultralight crossed the border.
ABP has tested a system that detects ultralights.
Hopefully someday the government will decide to use it.