In a first in the state, three people were charged with flying a drone on state prison property to drop marijuana and a cellphone.
Three Detroit suspects were arrested for flying a drone on state prison property to drop drugs and a cellphone, the first time in Michigan history arrests have been made in such an incident. The three used a drone to drop the package near a housing unit at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia just before 4 a.m., the Detroit News reports.
As prison officers told other staff about the drop, the drone flew back and dropped off another package in the same area. County Prosecutor Kyle Butler said the suspects will face contraband charges involving cellphones, marijuana and razor blades. “Drones present a serious and constant threat to our prisons across the state,” said Corrections Director Heidi Washington. “Our staff remain vigilant in their efforts to keep dangerous contraband from entering our facilities in all manners.” Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz said two of the three arrested were found close to an outer prison fence, and law enforcement found the third person in a nearby car. It’s a felony offense to introduce contraband into a state prison.