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Hundreds of 'treetop flyers' attempt border crossing

(CNS News) Hundreds of illegal U.S.-Mexico border-crossing attempts by low-flying aircraft have been detected in the last 21 months, according to a U.S. border protection official.

U.S. radar spotted 335 “suspected cross-border attempts” by aircraft at low altitudes between July of 2014 and June of 2015, and 59 suspected attempts from July 2014 to March 31, said Carlos Diaz, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman.

A Mexico City newspaper reported this week that Mexican drug cartels have operated huge fleets of small planes and established more than 4,700 clandestine runways in Mexico to ship drugs to the border region.