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One man connected to the crime has already been arrested

A drone was used in an attempt to smuggle drugs and cell phones into a South Carolina prison, but it failed to get the job done.

According to a new report from Reuters, an unmanned aircraft crashed outside of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina. It was discovered in April, and contained tobacco, marijuana and cell phones. 

Brenton Lee Doyle, 28, was arrested in relation to the drone incident. He faces charges of attempting to introduce contraband into a prison and possession of the drug flunitrazopam (better known as "roofies"). 
 
Police are currently looking for a second suspect. 

Officials say it was the first time an unmanned aircraft had been used to breach prison walls in South Carolina. 
 

This certainly isn't the first case of drones being used to smuggle illegal objects into prison. Back in March, a 28-year-old Australian man tried to drop drugs into a maximum-security prison outside Melbourne.

Before that, a remote controlled helicopter was used in an attempt to deliver tobacco products to Calhoun state prison in Georgia.

This incident comes at an interesting time, considering there has been some grey area where these unmanned aircrafts are concerned. For instance, in March, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) administration law judge found that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shouldn’t have fined a man $10,000 because his drone was no different than a model aircraft.  

However, after that ruling was handed down, the FAA issued its first commercial license for unmanned aerial vehicles in June. 

Last week, it was reported that privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace are in the works as U.S. President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order.

Source: Reuters



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Quick, tighten the regulations!
By siconik on 8/1/2014 3:10:02 PM , Rating: 5
I am sure this instance of criminal committing a crime for the benefit of incarcerated criminals would have never taken place if only some draconian restriction on hobbyist drone use were in place. Because if there is one line career criminals will never cross, it's the threat of an FAA fine.




RE: Quick, tighten the regulations!
By GulWestfale on 8/1/2014 3:13:01 PM , Rating: 5
your name and IP has now been added to FBI, NSA, TSA, DHS and CIA watchlists.


By retrospooty on 8/1/2014 3:25:19 PM , Rating: 1
LOL. +1


RE: Quick, tighten the regulations!
By rdhood on 8/1/2014 4:17:10 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
your name and IP has now been added to FBI, NSA, TSA, DHS and CIA watchlists.


According to Edward Snowden, this was done as a matter of course for every U.S. citizen.... years ago!


RE: Quick, tighten the regulations!
By Spuke on 8/1/2014 4:29:56 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
According to Edward Snowden, this was done as a matter of course for every U.S. citizen.... years ago!
X2 Your balls have already been confiscated.


RE: Quick, tighten the regulations!
By retrospooty on 8/1/2014 6:45:25 PM , Rating: 2
There is the main "everyone list" and then there is the "elevated list" of people that have specifically engaged in conversations deemed potentially subversive.

BTW, due to the contents of this thread, everyone on this thread has now been added to the CIA's "elevated list"


RE: Quick, tighten the regulations!
By GulWestfale on 8/1/2014 8:22:11 PM , Rating: 3
does that mean we're all high?


RE: Quick, tighten the regulations!
By retrospooty on 8/1/2014 8:51:27 PM , Rating: 3
I dont know. If I told you, the'd have to kill us both.


RE: Quick, tighten the regulations!
By GulWestfale on 8/1/2014 8:58:13 PM , Rating: 2
i only got half a joint left bro, so i'm only semi-high. but i do have some cubans cigars... highly illegal. oh wait, i don't live in the US lol


By GulWestfale on 8/1/2014 8:59:26 PM , Rating: 2
oh and totally off topic
http://goo.gl/uKPxa2

makes you realize how suggestive the beatles' lyrics were even in the 60s lol.


RE: Quick, tighten the regulations!
By M'n'M on 8/1/2014 9:37:00 PM , Rating: 4
In completely unrelated news, Amazon announced the loss of one of it's test drones. A spokesman said "In keeping with our privacy policy, the customer, the cargo and destination will remain undisclosed".


By marvdmartian on 8/4/2014 7:55:03 AM , Rating: 3
Yep, first thing I thought, was, "Did the drone carry a box that said 'AMAZON' on the side of it?" LOL


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