New Law focuses on use of ultralight aircrafts in smuggling drugs

The Associated Press reports that a new bill has been introduced to crack down on smuggling drugs the U.S. -Mexico border. Senators from Nevada and New Mexico have drafted a bill that would inhibit the increasing use of ultralight aircrafts by smugglers to sneak drugs across the border.

The new law would close the loophole in the current law that gives smugglers lesser penalties when using ultralights in comparison to cars or planes. The bill would establish the same penalties and fines for trafficking with ultralights as it is for planes, trains, and automobiles – $250,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison.

The bill is co-sponsored by Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller and New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall.

Gun shot victim, AZ Congressman Gabrielle Giffords, introduced the legislation last year where it easily passed in the House, but died in the Senate.

Ultralight gliders popped onto the Homeland Security radar in Arizona about 3 years ago. These gliders are beginning to show up in desolate parts of California and New Mexico as well. The aircraft seldom touches down, but rather drop shipments off to be picked up by other smugglers on the other side of the border.

Trafficking drugs is a serious offense that carries heavy penalties and fines. If you or loved one are charged with possession of controlled substance or Trafficking in Nevada or California, contact Joey Gilbert Law to discuss your rights. Call Today for your free confidential consultation.


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