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8 Jan 2024

The New Drug Mules? Drones

In India's Punjab region, officials [intercepted a record 107 drones](https://www.vice.com/en/article/qjvma7/drug-trafficking-smugglers-using-drones) from Pakistan carrying drugs, signaling a rise in drone smuggling. This trend is global, with Jordan downing [meth-carrying drones](https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/9/5/jordan-shoots-down-drug-laden-drone-from-syria-in-ninth-incident-this-year) from Syria and Spanish police seizing drones used for trafficking from Morocco. Drones are also delivering contraband into prisons, leading to severe consequences like overdoses. Measures like [U.K.'s no-fly zones](https://www.noflydrones.co.uk/) around prisons are being implemented to combat this. Experts suggest that as technology advances, drones will become more prevalent in smuggling.