Mystery drones fly over 2 prisons
State police and state prison officials are trying to determine who has been flying drones nightly over the Sullivan and Woodbourne correctional facilities.
The flyovers, by three to five drones at a time began about a week ago, said state police Capt. Brian Shortall. He said the drones appear in the late afternoon and early evening and fly as late as 11 p.m., sometimes reaching heights of 30 feet.
“For safety and security reasons, [state prison administration] does not permit the usage of a drone over the property lines of a correctional facility,” a spokesman for the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision stated in an email.
Authorities say they are concerned about the possibility of weapons, drugs or other illegal contraband being dropped into a prison by a drone.