EDINBURG, Texas — The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sector is using small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) to detain smugglers and undocumented immigrants.
sUAS are a type of aircraft used without the need for a human pilot. Instead, the small drones are used and piloted from a remote location.
Border Patrol agents have used sUAS to arrest more than 1500 people in the Rio Grande Valley, including 67 people just over the weekend.
On Saturday, a sUAS team located and arrested 16 undocumented immigrants travelling through dense brush in Mission.
Later that day, agents located 14 undocumented immigrants in Mission near the Rio Grande using a sUAS team.