Officials: Drone caught trying to drop contraband over penitentiary wall
MCALESTER, Okla. – Authorities in McAlester say they have captured a drone that was attempting to smuggle contraband over a wall at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.
Around 9 a.m., corrections officials say they noticed an unmanned aerial vehicle that had crashed after hitting a razor wire fence.
The Department of Corrections says the drone was carrying a package with two 12-inch hacksaw blades, a cell phone, a cell phone battery, a hands-free device, two packs of cigarettes, two packs of cigars, two tubes of super glue, a bag of marijuana, a bag of methamphetamine and a bag containing less than a gram of heroin.
“I applaud and commend the quick action and diligence on the part of the staff who noticed the UAV that entered the prison grounds,” said Robert Patton, corrections director. “We are continuing to take a broad approach to increasing awareness in dealing with contraband at all of our facilities statewide. We must maintain vigilance and stay one step ahead of the game in terms of the technology being used in and around facilities. Nothing is off the table when we are talking about the safety of the public, staff and offenders being housed in our facilities.”
Officials say they are aware of similar instances in other states, but add that this is the first time someone has tried to use a drone to smuggle contraband into an Oklahoma facility.