Charges dismissed against man accused of using drone to smuggle contraband into Oklahoma penitentiary

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MCALESTER, Okla. – Charges against a man accused of trying  to smuggle contraband into an Oklahoma penitentiary were dismissed.

In October, officials at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary 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.

Officials initially charged Marquis Gilkey with kidnapping, conspiracy, attempting to bring contraband into a penal institution and committing a gang-related offense.

However, prosecutors dismissed the charges against him on Thursday.

According to the Tulsa World, prosecutors say they wanted to obtain fingerprint evidence before moving forward with the case.

“With charges this serious, we, of course, don’t want to dismiss them,” said Assistant District Attorney Adam Scharn. “But we also don’t want to take the risk of not having the right amount of evidence at preliminary hearing.”

Prosecutors plan to re-file the charges after receiving the forensic results.


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