Drone Drops Drugs at Prison, Inmate Fight Ensues
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By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 4, 2015 2:04 PM CDT
File photo of a drone in flight.   (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP)

(Newser) – A drone dropped a package of drugs into an Ohio prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight. The package was dropped last week at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, about 65 miles southwest of Cleveland. It contained almost a quarter of an ounce of heroin, over 2 ounces of marijuana, and more than 5 ounces of tobacco, a rep for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction tells the Mansfield News Journal. 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 then thrown over a fence to the south recreation yard. Two corrections officers called for assistance and ordered the inmates to stop fighting. About 75 inmates in the north recreation yard and 130 on the south recreation yard were taken to the gyms, where they 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.