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Drone delivers bundle of drugs to prison yard, causes serious hoopla

When a package containing heroin, marijuana and tobacco lands in a prison yard, things go pretty much the way you'd expect.

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Drones like this one from Parrot are becoming more and more common in drug-related crimes. Parrot

Why should companies like Amazon be the only ones thinking about using drones to deliver their products to customers hungry for fast delivery? Shouldn't drug dealers, too, be able to harness the latest technology to serve the needs of their clientele?

Actually, that seems to be exactly what they're doing.

Just two days ago, we reported on a drone that crashed outside the prison walls at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina. Police there say the drone was carrying phones, drugs and tobacco. Back in January, we told you about a drone carrying methamphetamine that crashed into a shopping center in Tijuana. The latest caper involving drugs and drones has taken place at the Mansfield Correctional Institute in Ohio.

According to the Mansfield News Journal, on July 27 at 2:33 p.m., a drone flew over the prison and dropped a package containing 144.5 grams of tobacco, 65.4 grams of marijuana and 6.6 grams of heroin. This triggered exactly the response you might expect: a fight broke out between nine inmates -- and then lots of other inmates came running to see what was up. Pepper spray had to be used to get the crowd under control.

"All inmates (approximately 75 on north recreation and 130 on south recreation) were removed from the recreation yards to the gyms, where they were strip searched, run through the cell sensor, and clinic checked," according to the paper. The nine inmates who engaged in the fight were put in solitary confinement.

No staff or inmates were injured, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. But someone's business for the day certainly was, if you know what I'm saying.