At the crash site, authorities found evidence of
the pilot, including discarded gear and a single
pair of footprints leading away from the scene.
There were no traces of blood, leading
authorities to believe the pilot walked away
without serious injury. Agents have removed the
marijuana from the aircraft wreckage.
"HSI agents in San Diego are aggressively
pursuing leads involving the dangerous use of
ultralight aircraft to smuggle small loads of
drugs across the U.S. - Mexico border," said
Mike Carney, acting special agent in charge for
HSI San Diego. "From all indications, the pilot
in this instance escaped relatively unscathed,
but that doesn't diminish the serious danger
posed by ultralight smuggling activity in
All of the evidence found at the scene,
including a helmet, gloves and other equipment,
is being processed and the investigation by HSI
agents assigned to the agency's Border
Enforcement Security Taskforce's Air
Investigations group remains ongoing.