Fighting Crime From The Air

Fighting Crime From The Air

One county is considering drones to deter contraband and drug trafficking.
MARICOPA COUNTY -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio discussed plans Tuesday to purchase two drones to aid in his fight against contraband and drug trafficking.

Deputy Joaquin Enriquez, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, said the agency still has to go through the Federal Aviation Administration certification process, but sheriff's administrators are confident they will have the drones purchased and flying within the next calendar year.

Arpaio said the drones will be used to monitor activity at county jail complexes and assisting with search and rescue operations. The unmanned drones will not be used to patrol the Valley.

"I'm after drug traffickers...I'm not after illegal aliens," he said. "I'll do anything to cut down on contraband entering Tent City."

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