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Man arrested with drone and drugs in his possession

When it comes to aerial drones, there are few stories stranger than that of 28-year-old Australian man who tried to use a drone to drop drugs into a prison. Workers at a maximum-security prison outside Melbourne called the police on Monday after the drone aircraft was seen hovering over the facility.
A male suspect and an unknown female were later found on a nearby road with the drone and what the police call a small quantity of drugs. The man has been charged with "attempting to commit an indictable offense and possessing a drug of dependence."
This case isn't the first time that a criminal has tried to use a drone aircraft to deliver drugs inside a prison.  In the U.S., a remote controlled helicopter was used in an attempt to deliver tobacco products to Calhoun state prison in Georgia.
The use of drone aircraft in airspace in the U.S. has been a source of contention. Earlier this month, courts dismissed a $10,000 fine against a man for the commercial use of drone aircraft. The court said that the drone the man was flying is no different from a remote controlled toy airplane.
In December 2013, Amazon announced that it was looking into the possibility of using drone aircraft to deliver packages, as farfetched as that sounds.

Source: Time

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I flew a drone down under
By ipay on 3/10/2014 10:10:16 AM , Rating: 5
I flew a drone down under
Cops seized by stash, such a bummer
Falling drugs make the prisoners clamor
You better grab and quickly take cover.

RE: I flew a drone down under
By Torgog on 3/10/14, Rating: 0
RE: I flew a drone down under
By Popcorned on 3/10/2014 11:00:22 AM , Rating: 2
It's not poetry - it's a riff on a Men at Work song.

RE: I flew a drone down under
By Reclaimer77 on 3/10/14, Rating: 0
RE: I flew a drone down under
By inteli722 on 3/10/2014 2:35:16 PM , Rating: 2
I come from a land down under
where beer does flow and men chunder
can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder
You better run, you better take cover.

OP did a great job parodying it.

RE: I flew a drone down under
By Zak on 3/10/2014 2:48:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, good one, I have to admit I didn't get it at first.

RE: I flew a drone down under
By Jeffk464 on 3/10/2014 4:08:49 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't it be much less suspicious to use carrier pigeons?

RE: I flew a drone down under
By ipay on 3/10/2014 4:16:34 PM , Rating: 2
They can navigate back to their nest; you can't direct them to a place where they don't roost.

RE: I flew a drone down under
By JediJeb on 3/10/2014 6:17:03 PM , Rating: 2
How about a trebuchet? Get the distance far enough away and can deliver pretty much silently. Heck if you can chunk a pumpkin nearly a half mile with one, should be able to chuck a box of week a long ways :)

Poor Plan badly executed.
By ipay on 3/11/2014 1:01:27 AM , Rating: 3
Should have used a Model Rocket.

Fast delivery, less noise, ejection charge distributes packages (instead of popping the parachute). Can be launched using a timer or remote.

A few dozen Rockets are cheaper than one drone (you do not want to wait to recover the Drone). Each Rocket could carry a pound !

With a few dozen recipients, multiple launch locations, and no one to blame for the launch any blame would be hard to come by.

Leave the 'Mars Rover stuff' to the US.

Tomorrow's headline...
By Donkey2008 on 3/11/2014 12:50:16 AM , Rating: 2
Amazon files suit against Aussie man for patent infringement.

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