Australian drug gang suspected of using drone to monitor police

June 30 (UPI) — Police are increasingly using drones to monitor criminal suspects, but in Australia, the criminals are suspected of using drones to monitor the police.

An international drug gang consisting of four Australians, one Briton and two Canadians were arrested by Australian police for smuggling in three large bags of cocaine from Panama with a estimated street value of $30 million, police said.

The men were arrested in different locations during the course of several police raids around Melbourne and were subsequently charged with drug trafficking and money laundering.

In addition to the $30 million in cocaine, police found cash worth approximately $446,000 in U.S. dollars.

The suspected drug traffickers appeared to have worked hard to avoid getting caught and went so far as to use aerial drones to conduct counter-surveillance when they would meet “to see if anyone, like law enforcement, was watching” said

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