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Federal Agents Make Use of the AirTag in Their Efforts to Bust Illegal Narcotics Manufacturers

According to information obtained from a search warrant and shared by Forbes, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) utilized an AirTag to monitor the shipment of illegal drug-making equipment from China to a narcotics manufacturer in the United States the previous calendar year.

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In May 2022, customs officers in the United States stopped two packages from China containing a pill press and dyes. They had a hunch that the equipment would be used in drug dealing, so they informed the DEA of their suspicions. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) placed an AirTag inside the package to monitor its whereabouts. This is the very first time an AirTag has been utilized in such a manner.

The search warrant does not explain why the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) decided to use an AirTag rather than one of the other GPS-based tracking devices. Despite this, it was mentioned that the “precise location information” would make it possible for investigators to “obtain evidence about where such individuals store drugs and/or drug proceeds, where they obtain controlled substances, and where else they distribute them.”

A retired police officer who interviewed Forbes speculated that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) may have used an AirTag either because it provides more dependable connectivity than other devices do or because other GPS devices available to the police have failed in the past.

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AirTags come equipped with anti-tracking features that may or may not be compatible with this type of tracking. They are engineered to produce a sound after being separated from their owner for a limited time. You can also find them by using the Find My app on an iPhone or Tracker Detect on an Android device.

Ultimately, the federal authorities did not charge the package recipient with any crime. Despite this, the state of Massachusetts, where the package was delivered, charged him with a crime.

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