View Full Version : Airmail via Drones Is Vexing for Prisons

12-04-2015, 05:26 PM
During the graveyard shift at 1:44 a.m., security cameras at the prison here picked up the blinking lights of an unidentified flying object approaching the facility’s fence.

A corrections officer was dispatched to investigate, but by the time she got there, all she could see was a man running away into the dense forest that surrounds the prison.

It was not until dawn that officers found a package that included a cellphone, tobacco and marijuana tangled in the power lines outside the prison and a small drone that had crashed in the bushes nearby. In the woods, investigators located a makeshift campground, the remote control device used to fly the drone, a bottle of grape-flavored Gatorade and drugs.


Many federal laws make it near impossible for the prisons to do anything about the problem other than react when something is seen. They can't shoot them down (FAA), they can't interfere with the RF or radio waves (FCC) even while just sending it over the wall violates several federal laws on it's own.