Officers Locate Crashed Drone Carrying Cellphones At Cimarron Correctional

Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 4:41 pm
By: News On 6

Officers at Cimarron Correctional found an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle had crashed in an attempt to fly a package onto prison grounds.

According to a news release, a correctional officer noticed a flashing light approaching the fence in the early morning of March 13. The officer said he notified central control and a team of officers located where the UAV crash landed.

“New technology brings new problems. In the case of drones, we not only have to worry about the contraband attached, but also aerial photos being taken of facilities to help play escapes or commit other crimes,” said Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh.

Officer noticed, attached the drone, was a plastic sack containing three cellphones.

“We will continue to explore options in terms of what to do to prevent this from happening,” Allbaugh said. “Until then we will work with facilities, the DOC Inspector General’s Office and local authorities to catch individuals using drones to smuggle contraband.”

The news release says the phones were turned over to the Inspector General’s office for further investigation.

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