They’re not just for distant wars and border patrols: In June, police in North Dakota recorded the first arrests in the country made with the assistance of a Predator drone, after the aircraft helped them to locate suspects in the wilderness. Since then, local police in North Dakota have called in drone assistance from the Grand Forks Air Force Base at least two dozen more times. The FBI and DEA also use the unmanned aircraft in investigations, according to the Los Angeles Times. The drones belong to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which typically uses them to patrol the country’s borders.
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