There are all kinds of good uses for drones. Just think about some of them for a moment – they can be used to capture great aerial photography and/or video, they can (eventually) be used to deliver packages, and they provide a great recreational use as well. They also offer all kinds of uses for the military. But, as with most technology, drones can be used for good as well as not-so-good activities, such as helping to smuggle drugs and other items into prisons. As technology increases, so do the ways in which criminals can commit crimes.
Drone wreckage was found earlier this year outside the walls of Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina. Among the wreckage was found marijuana, cell phones, and tobacco. One man has been arrested in conjunction with this crime, but police are still searching for his accomplice.
Although smuggling via drones isn’t all that common of an occurrence yet, trying to smuggle cell phones and drugs into prison is pretty common. Stephanie Givens, the spokesperson for the Department of Corrections in South Carolina, had this to say regarding the story: “The technology is getting better, and we have to figure out different ways to fight back.”
One can only wonder what kind of “technology” this will turn out to be. Will prisons now have to install some sort of anti-drone weaponry atop their walls, or will guards constantly have to be on the lookout for them? Something tells me it might turn out to be a mixture of the two.
What do you think? Did you ever imagine people using drones to smuggle items into prisons? Let us know your thoughts regarding this story in the comments section below!
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