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Drone eyed in smuggling porn, drugs into jail

/ 09:29 AM August 25, 2015
In this Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 photo, a security guard watches a demonstration of a DJI Technology Co. Inspire 1 drone in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province. Founded in 2009 by an engineer with a childhood love of radio-controlled model planes, DJI has become the leading supplier in the fast-growing market for civilian drones - possibly the first Chinese brand to achieve No. 1 status in a global consumer product. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

In this December 15, 2014 file photo, a security guard watches a demonstration of a DJI Technology Co. Inspire 1 drone in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong province. Drones have become a hit with some suspected of using them for smuggling drugs and porn into a jail in the US. AP

WASHINGTON, United States — Two men are in custody in the US state of Maryland on suspicion of trying to smuggle drugs and pornography into a prison with a drone, corrections officials said Monday.

Synthetic marijuana and bootleg pornographic DVDs were among the items that the duo intended to fly into the state prison in Cumberland.

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“You couldn’t make this stuff up,” Maryland’s Secretary of Public Safety Stephen Moyer was quoted as telling local reporters.

The Maryland Department of Public Safety said in a statement that the two suspects were arrested on a road that runs by the Western Correctional Institution.

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In their vehicle, officers found a quadracopter and its remote control flying console, as well as a handgun, the statement alleged.

Both men were being held in Cumberland — one on $250,000 bail and the other without bail — on suspicion of plotting to use a drone to airlift contraband into a correctional facility.

An inmate suspected of participating in the foiled effort is also facing charges after a search of his prison cell turned up contraband, the statement said.

It was thought to be the first time in Maryland that smugglers have been caught using a drone to overfly a prison wall.

Earlier this month, a bid to airlift tobacco, marijuana and heroin into an Ohio prison using a drone triggered a melee among some 75 inmates.

In July 2014, another drone bearing marijuana, tobacco and cell phones crashed outside a wire fence that surrounds a maximum security facility in South Carolina.

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TOPICS: Drone, Drugs, porn, Smuggling
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