Prison officials intercept delivery of contraband by drone
Police have foiled what is believed to be the first ever attempt to drop pornography and drugs in to a prison using a drone.
On Saturday night, officers spotted a vehicle on a side road that runs alongside the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland, USA.
They arrested two men inside the vehicle after finding a drone, a handgun, and contraband inside.
American media reports that the illicit material included cannabis substitute K2 Spice, and porn.
The vehicle’s owner had been under surveillance for some time, as authorities suspected them and at least one inmate of plotting to use the unmanned drone to drop items at WCI.
After the arrest, prison staff searched the cell of the inmate suspect and found unspecified contraband.
They are preparing to file charges against him as well, according to a statement on the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services website.
The two men inside the drone-carrying vehicle are being held in Cumberland, one on no bail, the other on $250,000 (£158,000) bail.
Maryland State Police Superintendent William Pallozzi said: “The work… was thorough and prevented what we believe would have been a dangerous and significant contraband delivery.”
Governor Larry Hogan added: “I commend the members of the investigative task force as well as the dedicated correctional employees who assisted in this investigation.
“Keeping our prisons safe and free of contraband will always be a priority of our administration and I am confident Secretary Moyer and all of our law enforcement agencies will continue doing everything possible to ensure this happens.”