The latest effort to fly a drone loaded with contraband into a state prison was thwarted by police, after an incident in Maryland between two suspects and at least one prisoner.
The two men were reportedly flying a drone with a cargo of tobacco, drugs and pornography into the Western Correctional Institution.
Trying to crack down on drones smuggling contraband is extremely difficult, especially with smaller drones that can be disguised to look like birds, for example. Also, the distribution of tobacco, marijuana, and narcotics inside of prisons helps fund prison gangs - and violence - so it's a major problem that corrections officials hope to eliminate quickly.
"Smuggling contraband into prisons is an age-old problem, but drone technology makes it exponentially more difficult to detect," said Brian Edmonds, president at Dedrone. "Drone smuggling is a problem that all prisons are going to have to address, as the technology becomes more ubiquitous and more sophisticated. 4.3 million drones are expected to ship in 2015, and while the majority will be used for recreational purposes, like any new technology, a certain number will also be used by criminals."