Colombia tests drones to destroy crops used to make cocaine

Technology is gradually being incorporated into drug trafficking prevention and combat systems and with the explosion of the drone market, policing is gaining some tools. In Colombia, machines have been used to spread herbicide on crops that will one day result in cocaine.

The South American government's approach is different from operations used so far because it uses not only mobility and high-resolution cameras to identify fields, but also uses flying objects to attack coca plants. The biggest advantage is the possibility of recognition from great distances, thanks to the panoramic view.

In addition, if a farmer notices the presence of surveillance and is armed, the casualty is relatively low and, of course, does not harm any officer. Another issue is that the disposal of poison by airplanes can cover a large area and at the same time target not only criminals but also animals and innocents. With the accuracy of the drone, the offensive is more accurate.


According to the Wall Street Journal, Colombia has already activated 10 drones at the initial launch for testing. They weigh nearly 23 pounds when carrying chemicals to kill vegetation and are far more accurate in firing than manned aircraft. By now, the results would have been satisfactory, with the destruction of “hundreds of acres” of the drug's raw material.

There are still other issues regarding this issue, especially regarding privacy and the possibility of harm to human health. However, police use of drones is already a reality and may become increasingly common in the coming years.


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Colombia tests drones to destroy crops used to make cocaine via TecMundo