Drones are now being used to smuggle drugs into prison, says Matthew Dunn in a report for News.com.au.
Drone “deliveries” happening in different countries
In the United States alone, there have been a number of incidents where drones were used for this purpose. One of the earliest incidents happened in 2014. Authorities discovered a drone caught in power lines just outside a South Carolina jail. It was found to be carrying marijuana and a mobile phone.
An Ohio prison was also the scene of yet another drone “attack”. This time, a drone successfully delivered a package containing tobacco, marijuana and heroin into its recreational yard.
For now, Australia has not reported any successful drone deliveries just yet. Prison officers, however, have reported seeing drones fly above prison compounds.
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Drones smuggling drugs another creative way of doing it
Drug smugglers have always been very creative at delivering their merchandise clandestinely. Drones seem naturally suited for deliveries, after all. In fact, not a few courier delivery services are already considering using drones for their business.
Should these drone drug smuggling activities into prisons worsen, I think it would be best to make flying drones over secure facilities illegal. That way, it becomes policy for jail guards to shoot them down on sight. Never mind if it was just hovering over the wrong place at the wrong time.