Officials: Arrests in drone plot to supply prison contraband

JESSUP, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials say investigators have uncovered a plot to use a drone to sneak drugs, pornographic DVDs and a cellphone into a maximum-security state prison in western Maryland.

Officials announced Monday that Western Correctional Institution officers spotted a vehicle on a road next to the prison on Saturday night and responding law enforcement found two men inside with a drone, contraband and a handgun. They displayed the drone and photos of the contraband at a news conference. Officials say they believe this is the first case of a drone being used to deliver contraband to a Maryland prison.

Officials say the vehicle’s owner was suspected of plotting with an inmate to fly contraband into the prison and was already under surveillance. After the arrest, officials say a search of the inmate’s cell turned up contraband.

 

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