Fight after drone drops drugs in US prison yard

2015-08-04 21:30
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Mansfield - A drone dropped a package of drugs into a prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight, prison officials said on Tuesday

The package was dropped on July 29 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio. It contained almost 7g of heroin, over 57g of marijuana and more than 140g of tobacco, JoEllen Smith, a spokesperson for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, told the Mansfield News Journal.

Smith said there have been other instances of drones breaching security and the agency is taking steps to increase awareness and improve drone detection.

According to the department, video footage showed the drone over recreation yards immediately before a fight began. An investigation determined the drone dropped a package intended for an inmate on the north recreation yard, and it was thrown over a fence to the south recreation yard.

Two corrections officers called for assistance and ordered the inmates to stop fighting, according to the department. They used pepper spray to control the fight.

About 75 inmates in the north recreation yard and 130 on the south recreation yard were strip-searched, run through a cell sensor and checked by a clinic. The nine people involved in the fight were placed in solitary confinement. No staff members or inmates were injured, the department said.

Last year, the Mansfield post of the Ohio Highway Patrol increased efforts to watch and catch criminals who throw contraband over prison fences.

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