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The Lithuanian Mob Was Smuggling Cigarettes Into Russia With a Drone 81

Daniel_Stuckey writes: "A homemade Lithuanian drone was reportedly being used to smuggle cigarettes into Russia, meaning that organized crime has beaten Amazon to the punch in the quest to deliver desirable products to customers aerially. Russia has 'detained' the drone, a spokesman with the Kaliningrad border department of the Russian Federal Security service told one of Russia's largest news organizations earlier this week. It's not the first time drones have been used to smuggle products — back in November, people tried to smuggle drugs into a prison in Georgia; the same thing happened in Sao Paolo back in March and in Quebec last fall. Basically, people have learned that drones are good at carrying things."
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The Lithuanian Mob Was Smuggling Cigarettes Into Russia With a Drone

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 16, 2014 @04:47PM (#47021121)

    Cigarettes are much cheaper in Russia, so "drone" smuggled stuff in opposite direction.(I know for sure, i`m local.)
    Here are some fancy pics on local news site:http://www.newkaliningrad.ru/news/incidents/3689593-zaderzhany-litsa-upravlyavshie-bespilotnikom-v-kaliningradskoy-oblasti-video.html#pic3296056

  • Since the 1970s (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 16, 2014 @04:54PM (#47021189)

    People were using drones to smuggle diamonds back in the 1970s. Except they weren't called "drones" back then, just remote-control aeroplanes, so I guess that's totally different.

  • Re:Since the 1970s (Score:4, Informative)

    by Jeff Flanagan ( 2981883 ) on Friday May 16, 2014 @05:42PM (#47021591)
    Much different. You need skill to operate an RC airplane. These drones pretty much fly themselves, so are much easier for criminals (and the rest of us) to use.
  • by quarterbuck ( 1268694 ) on Friday May 16, 2014 @05:54PM (#47021695)
    It was being used to smuggle cigarettes into Lithuania by gangs operating in both countries, though the police claim that was not the only thing that was being smuggled.
    More details and pics are in an Ars article [arstechnica.com]. Seems pretty nifty, small gasoline engine, has all the control surfaces (rudders, ailerons etc.) , camera and an automatic GPS controlled route (making it a true autonomous drone rather than a remote controlled airplane).

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