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BP seizes $500K of drugs aboard abandoned aircraft near Tucson

TUCSON – Nearly $500,000 in methamphetamine and fentanyl was seized Thursday after a pilot attempted to smuggle the drugs across the border with a modified ultralight aircraft that evening.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations agents were alerted to an unknown aircraft entering the United States at around 11 p.m. Border Patrol tracked the aircraft to its landing spot south of Tucson.

US Customs and Border Protection

Authorities say the aircraft was found abandoned along a rural dirt road. It was equipped with two large storage containers full of more than 143 pounds of meth and more than 200 grams of fentanyl.

US Customs and Border Protection

The pilot of the craft was not located.

The drugs and aircraft were processed for seizure.

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.
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