The police in Canada has intercepted a drone who crossed the border from the United States with a shopping bag containing nearly a dozen pistols — but only after the pilot crashed the device into a nearby tree.
Officers in southern Ontario were called to a home near the town of Port Lambton, northeast of Detroit, after residents reported seeing a stranger maneuvering a commercial drone.
“Our neighbor had seen someone in our yard in the middle of the night and he had a remote control,” Christine Ackwood told CTV News. “He wasn’t sure what was going on.”
But the drone operator lost control of the drone and sent it into a tree before fleeing into a waiting vehicle.
Police found the drone with a bucket truck and that a plastic shopping bag was secured with metal carabiners and electrical tape.
Inside, officers discovered 11 handguns, most of which were weapons banned in Canada. One of the images shared by the police seems to show that the serial numbers of a black gun had been sanded off.
Agents suspect the drone traveled east from Michigan over the St Clair River, which marks the border between Canada and the United States. But police still don’t know who was operating the drone or who the illegal delivery was for.
Many handguns used in Canada to commit crimes are smuggled into the country from the United States. In the past, smugglers have used trucks, passenger vehicles and airplanes to evade authorities.
Drone use suggests groups could try out new strategies, but it’s unclear whether Friday’s discovery marks the first time a drone has been used. Ontario Provincial Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.