Forensic Science & Addiction Research

A New Era for Drug Trafficking: Drones

  • Open or Close Zeynep Turkmen* and Merve Kuloglu

    Institute of Forensic Sciences, Istanbul University, Turkey

    *Corresponding author: Zeynep Turkmen, Institute of Forensic Sciences, Istanbul University, Turkey, Tel: +90 212 414 30 00 / 22838; Email: zturkmen@istanbul.edu.tr/zeytur@gmail.com

Submission: January 21, 2018; Published: February 16, 2018

Volume2 Issue2
February 2018


In our contemporary World, drones (unmanned aerial vehicles-UAV) enter our daily life due to its increasing usage area. Looking at the history of drones, while they were used for military purposes at the beginning, nowadays they are adapting to a wide range of social activities from advertisements to extreme sport videos.

However, drones have been reported to be abused for illegal drug transfers along the country borders and within the countries. With this method, the most transported drug is methamphetamine, while the others are heroin, cannabis, and cocaine. Furthermore, the release of illegal drugs into prisons through the drones is a critical danger that our awareness must be raised.

In present study, cases and outbreaks of illegal substance transports via drones were examined through various search engines. In this respect, it is aimed to draw attention to such events and to contribute to take the necessary precautions at global scale.

Keywords: Drug trafficking with drones; Drones smuggling drugs; Drug transport; Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV); Aerial security

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