Mys­tery drones fly over 2 pris­ons

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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