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Unmanned aircraft begins patrol from Texas Gulf

Unmanned aircraft begins patrol from Texas Gulf
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 9:10pm

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - The range of the U.S.-Mexico border
patrolled by unmanned aircraft has expanded to the Texas Gulf
coast.


Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday announced the start
of anti-smuggling drone operations from Corpus Christi Naval Air
Station.

It will be the future home to the first unmanned aircraft based in Texas.


It comes more than two months after the Federal Aviation
Administration approved use of unmanned aircraft along the entire
Texas-Mexico border. Previously, drones had been used from El
Centro through West Texas.


Agents say the flights are effective in locating immigrant and
drug smugglers.

 

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