A Predator drone, the same used in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan was used to locate three individuals accused of cattle rustling in North Dakota.
Local law enforcement officials requested use of a drone from an Air Force base to investigate allegations of theft against three individuals accused of stealing cows.
The drone spotted three unarmed men who were arrested by officers. There has been an increasing use of drones in surveillance of US citizens.
Drones can operate in surveillance or armed modes and have been utilized in military operations and in selective attacks on and terminations of Al Quaeda leaders. An increasing amount of military hardware is being made available to civilian law enforcement agencies for various reasons.