The recent discovery of a drone carrying methamphetamine near the U.S. border in Mexico has raised some eyebrows.
But the DEA said drones will not become tomorrow’s drug mules because they are not cost-effective, the Los Angeles Times reports.
“This method will only allow a small amount of drugs to be flown at a time, and that coupled with the ease of detection, does not make this method very profitable to these drug trafficking organizations whose motivation is money,” DEA spokeswoman Amy Roderick said.
It wasn’t immediately clear where the recent drone was heading, though one media report suggested the unmanned aircraft system was carrying drugs from one Tijuana neighborhood to another.
“While we would not call using drones a new trend in smuggling, we do know that drug trafficking organizations will use any and all means to get their drugs in the United States,” said Roderick.