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Drone crashes trying to deliver drugs to jail

They do things differently in South Carolina. Sometimes, though, the technology can't stay high.

The next thing for prisons to worry about? Tested/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Look, I thought the cats were an excellent idea.

They were stealthy, friendly and, frankly, exactly what every jail needs.

Perhaps, though, the increasing number of incidents when the cats were caught trying to deliver phones to the incarcerated caused some to rethink their business.

This seems to be the case in South Carolina, where police say that a drone was sent to deliver phones, drugs and tobacco into the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville.

This is a maximum security prison, so the inmates are not to be trifled with. Yet, as Reuters reports, someone failed in an attempt to launch a drone drop. Was this a Parro(po)t over the parapet? It's unclear.

However, police say that the drone crashed outside the prison walls before it could make its delivery.

One imagines that drones attract too much attention to themselves. Surely if you were a prison guard, your attention might be aroused by a peculiar buzzing noise in the air.

What's odd, though, is that in South Carolina, even cats don't seem to have been a chosen option. Reuters quoted a Department of Corrections spokeswoman as saying most smuggled cell phones were simply tossed over the prison wall.

Sometimes, these phones can be used to organize deadly violence from inside. In the case of the drone, police say they've already arrested one person and are in pursuit of another.

This isn't the first time drones have been used in such an attempt. In March, authorities in Australia said that they intercepted a drone with drug cargo as it approached a prison in Victoria.

Last year, a drone was spotted by a prison officer as it hovered over a jail in Georgia.

Clearly, even in states where marijuana is legal, smuggling them into a prison is less so.

For those not currently in jail, however, how soon will it be before Amazon delivers pot by drones in Colorado?