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UAV weed delivery gone wrong, crashes outside maximum security prison

Drone wreckage found outside of a maximum security prison, was suspected in a weed delivery service

By Anthony Garreffa | Aug 1, 2014 06:46 am CDT

Reuters is reporting that the wreckage of a crashed drone was found outside of a maximum security prison in South Carolina, where it is believed that the drone was attempting to deliver contraband into the prison.

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The UAV was reportedly delivering phones, marijuana, tobacco and more into the Lee Correctional Institution. The discovery of the drone wreckage eventually lead to the arrest of 28-year-old Brenton Lee Doyle, and a search for a second suspect. Stephanie Givens, the spokeswoman for the State Department of Corrections has said: "officials believe it was the first time an unmanned aircraft had been used in an effort to breach prison walls in the state."

This is a first for South Carolina, but it's nothing new for some other prisons around the world. Down in my part of the world, Australian authorities arrested a man who was controlling a drug-packed drone, and before that four people were arrested in Georgia on charges of delivering tobacco into a prison yard with a drone.

NEWS SOURCES:theverge.com

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