Aussie Tried to Drop Drugs into a Prison Using an Aerial Drone
March 10, 2014 9:32 AM
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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.
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RE: I flew a drone down under
3/10/2014 4:16:34 PM
They can navigate back to their nest; you can't direct them to a place where they don't roost.
"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings
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