Wed, Nov 19, 2008
Second Such Attempt In Last Two Months
Workers reporting to their jobs at a
southern Arizona vegetable farm made a grisly discovery Monday
morning... and authorities responding to the fatal crash of an
ultralight aircraft then found something else.
Reuters reports field workers near the town of San Luis found
the wreckage of an ultralight aircraft at around 7:00 am Monday,
with the body of its deceased pilot inside.
When officials arrived to investigate the accident, the team
found several bundles of marijuana tied to the aircraft's frame.
Border Patrol agent Laura Boston said the pot bundles weighed 141
pounds in all.
Officials say they will conduct a full investigation of the
accident... but given that San Luis is less than a mile from the US
border with Mexico, investigators believe they have a good idea
where the pilot came from, and why.
"Police are continuing their investigations but ... we assume
that the pilot was headed up from Mexico," Boston said. "To my
knowledge this is the first time we have seen marijuana smuggled in
According to the Border Patrol, this is the second attempt by
smugglers to fly pot into the US in as many months. Billions of
dollars worth of illegal drugs are smuggled out of Mexico through
Arizona each year.
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