A Suspicious Van Leads to a Surprising Discovery
In a surprising turn of events, two women, Kyrenda Carter, 27, and Porchae Wade, 36, were apprehended this past weekend for attempting to smuggle various illegal items into the DeKalb County jail with the help of a Swellpro drone.
DeKalb sheriff's office spokesperson Konswello Monroe detailed the incident in a recent statement, reports The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The Arrest and Discovery
Carter and Wade's actions raised suspicions when they were spotted in a gray van parked in the jail's visitor lot around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday.
Upon investigation by the deputies, an array of Contraband was discovered in the vehicle.
This included over an ounce of a substance suspected to be marijuana, rolling papers, multiple cigarette lighters, and prohibited electronics like cellphone chargers, cords, headphones, and a Swellpro drone complete with a battery pack and controller.
Additionally, items like a bullhorn, binoculars, large Allen wrench-style tools, and a straight razor were found.
Charges and Legal Proceedings
Both women now face serious charges. They are accused of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to commit a felony, along with multiple misdemeanor charges.
Following their arrest, Carter and Wade were booked into the DeKalb jail early Sunday. Wade was released on bond on Wednesday, while Carter, who has a history of similar charges, remains in jail without bond.
This isn't Carter's first encounter with the law on similar grounds. Her last arrest was on October 23 for crossing county guard lines with prohibited items and obstruction. She had been released on bond after a four-day stay in jail, with her case still pending in the DeKalb courts.
A Wake-Up Call
This incident serves as a wake-up call regarding security measures at the DeKalb County jail.
The audacious attempt to smuggle a diverse range of contraband, including technology like drones, indicates evolving methods used in criminal activities.
It underscores the need for heightened vigilance and innovative security strategies to curb such illegal efforts and ensure the safety and order within correctional facilities.
Over the years we have seen many attempts to smuggle contraband into prisons, but never with a Swellpro drone as far as we know.
Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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