( 4UMF NEWS ) Drone Carrying Contraband Found At Penitentiary:
A drone carrying drugs, blades and other contraband crashed down on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary Monday morning, officials said.
Prison staff found the unmanned aerial vehicle inside an outer wall of the facility around 9 a.m., according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Investigators believe it got caught in one of the razor wires and then fell down at some point overnight, Corrections officials told The Oklahoman.
A box connected to the drone by a fishing line contained two foot-long hacksaw blades, a cell phone with a battery and a hands-free device, over five ounces of marijuana, almost one ounce of methamphetamine and less than a gram of heroin, Corrections officials said.
Investigators also discovered two packs of Newport cigarettes, two packs of Black & Mild cigars and two tubes of superglue in the package.
Drones and other small aircraft have breached security at the White House and the U.S. Capitol, prompting regulators to push for new rules for them.
The unmanned object that showed up outside the state penitentiary Monday marks the first attempt at using a drone to smuggle contraband into one of the Oklahoma’s prisons, according to Corrections officials. The department’s office of inspector general will investigate the drone.
Corrections Director Robert Patton noted similar incidents in other states, and he has alerted training and security staff to be on the lookout for the unmanned planes, he said in a statement.
“We are continuing to take a broad approach to increasing awareness in dealing with contraband at all of our facilities statewide,” Patton said. “We must maintain vigilance and stay one step ahead of the game in terms of the technology being used in and around facilities.”
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