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Drone used in failed prison smuggling attempt

MCALESTER, Okla._The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says they’ve had their first case of a drone being used to smuggle contraband into a prison.

Around 9:00 a.m. Monday, on-duty staff at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester noticed an unmanned aerial vehicle lying upside down on facility grounds. After talking to a shift supervisor, they determined the UAV hit the razor wire, lost control and crashed.

According to security at the facility, the package containing the contraband was suspended under the drone with fishing line. The package contained: two 12-inch hacksaw blades, a cellphone, a cellphone battery, a hands-free device, two packages of Newport Cigarettes, two packages of Black & Mild cigars, two tubes of super glue, a 5.3 ounce bag containing marijuana, a 0.8 ounce bag containing methamphetamine and a bag containing less than 1 gram of heroin.

The Department of Corrections says this smuggling attempted is the first reported incident in the state of its kind.

“I applaud and commend the quick action and diligence on the part of the staff who noticed the UAV that entered the prison grounds,” said Robert Patton, DOC director. “We are continuing to take a broad approach to increasing awareness in dealing with contraband at all of our facilities statewide. We must maintain vigilance and stay one step ahead of the game in terms of the technology being used in and around facilities. Nothing is off the table when we are talking about the safety of the public, staff and offenders being housed in our facilities.”

Patton mentioned other states have seen the use of UAVs in smuggling attempts and has been directing staff and security personnel to stay attentive for similar attempts.

The UAV has been turned over to the DOC’s Office of the Inspector General for further investigation. 

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