Two men have been arrested after trying to fly contraband into the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, Mississippi with a DJI Phantom 3 drone.
Two men arrested after trying to fly contraband into prison with DJI Phantom 3 drone
According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections officials, 33-year-old John Ross and 18-year-old Joshua Corban attempted to fly marijuana, a cell phone and charger, headphones, and several cigarette lighters into the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, Mississippi with a DJI Phantom 3 drone.
The DJI Phantom 3 drone got stuck in security nets above the facility’s razor-wire fences, reports 6 WBRC.
By tracking the drone’s flight data and matching an address in Vicksburg where the drone had been used frequently, Rankin County Sheriff’s Office was able to identify Ross and Corban as the suspects.
Prison officials who confiscated the DJI Phantom 3 drone are now using it for themselves says MDOC Commissioner Burl Cain.
“They tried to use the drone to help their friends—now it’s going to help us. We’re reprogramming their drone now to use at Parchman so it’s working for the law instead of against it,” Cain said.
John Ross and Joshua Corban. Photo credit MDOC
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