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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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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 :)


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