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Hawaii Guard helps in hunt for drug smugglers

May. 15, 2013 - 12:31PM   |  
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HONOLULU — Hawaii’s Army National Guard is looking for drug smugglers along the Texas and Mexico border.

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, two Guard helicopters from Hilo, with between five and 10 soldiers, are flying missions along a portion of the 1,250-mile border on the Rio Grande River.

The Guard says the deployment of the helicopters is part of an effort by Guard units across the country to help the Department of Homeland Security with border drug control and immigration efforts.

The UH-72 Lakota helicopters have sophisticated infrared cameras useful for spotting drug smugglers running bales of drugs across the Rio Grande, and people hiding in thick brush.

The Hawaii Guard is expected to continue flying the border missions through the summer.

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