Man who used a drone to smuggle drugs into the U.S. sentenced to 12 years in prison

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A San Diego man who used a drone to smuggle drugs into the United States has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Authorities say Jorge Rivera, 25, used a remotely operated drone to smuggle 13 pounds of methamphetamine into the U.S.

A jury last week sentenced Rivera to the 12-year sentence.

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On August 8, 2017, Border Patrol agents saw a drone flying over the border fence two miles west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Agents trying to intercept the drone found a man on foot carrying a large bag filled with bundles of the drug.

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“We appreciate the determination, persistence, and hard work of all law enforcement partners involved in the case. The United States Attorney’s Office and its diligent efforts have resulted in a successfulprosecution and conviction, and a sentencing that should deter this type of criminal activity in the future,” said Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Roy D. Villareal.

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