Officials at Mexico's consul office in El Paso did not return calls from the Times seeking comment. Federal officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the office of Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), El Paso's congressional representative, also disclosed little information of the crash.
Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Press Officer Roger Maier told TPMMuckraker in an e-mail, "CBP/U.S. Border Patrol responded to a concerned citizen's call and recovered a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle... which belonged to the Government of Mexico (GOM). We worked collaboratively with the GOM and other U.S. federal agencies to coordinate the return of the UAV to GOM."
The Times also reports that www.defenseindustrydaily.com had earlier reported that Aeronautics Defense Systems in 2009 planned on selling Mexico's federal police $22 million worth of its Skystar 300 surveillance aerostats and small Orbiter UAVs to help the government fight the country's notorious cartels that many analysts consider a narcoinsurgency.
♦ Picture of a United States Marine Corp Scan Eagle UAV, a similar drone to the Orbiter, by Gunnery Sergeant Shannon Arledge of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing/WikiMediaCommons