2 plead guilty to smuggling heroin from Mexico by drone

2015-08-13 12:47

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El Centro, California - Two California men have pleaded guilty to using drones to smuggle about 13.61kg of heroin from Mexico to the United States.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Wednesday the pleas in federal court in El Centro, California, represent the first drug seizure involving a drone along California's border with Mexico and possibly along the entire nearly 2 000-mile divide between the two countries.

Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Elias and 19-year-old Brayan Valle — both of El Centro — admitted in court on Tuesday that they drove to a field in Calexico, California, in April to pick up a bag of heroin that was sent across the border by drone.

They each face maximum sentences of 20 years in prison when they are sentenced October 20 for possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

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