This isn’t the first time I’ve written about drones being used to carry contraband; I wrote an article titled “Heisenberg Would Not Approve, Meth Carrying Drone Crashes Midflight” back in June. However this time, instead of attempting to smuggle drugs over the border, a DJI Phantom was used in an attempt to smuggle “supplies” into a prison. The drone in question was detected after it crashed into a prison yard in Oklahoma. It makes me wonder how many times this drone successfully delivered its payload.
A drone carrying drugs, blades and other contraband crashed into an Oklahoma prison yard on Monday, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Staff at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester noticed the drone on prison grounds at around 9 a.m., according to a statement from the Oklahoma DOC. The drone had apparently hit a razor wire, which caused it to crash.
A package attached to the drone with fishing line contained two 12-inch hacksaw blades, 5.3 ounces of marijuana, .8 ounces of methamphetamine and less than a gram of heroin, according to the state.
The package was also carrying a cellphone, cellphone battery and hands-free device; two packs each of Newport cigarettes and Black & Mild cigars; and two tubes of Super Glue.
It’s a bit frightening, but this seems like the start of a very negative trend. Elisha Fieldstadt of NBC News identifies this trend when she wrote “In early August, a drone dropped drugs into an Ohio prison yard, sparking a fight among the inmates. Later that month, two people were arrested for allegedly planning to fly a drone with drugs and pornography into a Maryland prison.”