2 sus­pects held over plot to fly porn, drugs to prison on drone

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Two men are in cus­tody in the eastern U.S. 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.

“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.

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 i n Cum­ber­land — one on US$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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