Drones Used to Deliver Drugs to Prisoners in CanadaRemote-controlled helicopter drones are being flown over prisons in Canada to drop drugs and other contraband into the grounds for inmates.
Prison guards searched the grounds and local area thoroughly but failed to find the package that the drone might have been carrying or to see where the drone landed.
Stephane Lemaire, president of Quebec's correctional officers' union, told the Ottawa Sun that this was not an isolated incident and the situation is becoming frustrating:
"This sort of thing happens often in prisons all across Quebec. Usually the drones are carrying small packages of drugs or other illicit substances," he said.
"The problem is, the drone can be controlled from more than a kilometre away, and the [Hull] prison is surrounded by forest."
Lemaire is urging the government to help boost security in Quebec's prisons by supplying either a net or a jammer to disrupt the signal from the drone to the remote-control.
In related news in the US, four men in Georgia were arrested this week for trying to drop packages of tobacco to prisoners at the Calhoun State Prison using a remote-controlled helicopter.
A prison lieutenant spotted the helicopter hovering over the gates and a search of the local area ensued.
In the US, attempting to cross prison guard lines with contraband is a felony and carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.