South Carolina Man Arrested for Drone Delivery Contraband Attempt

A High-Flying Drone Scheme Grounded

In a turn of events that reads like a scene from a modern crime thriller, a man found himself in hot waters after law enforcement discovered an orange drone (Autel?) along with a bag of marijuana in his car. The arrest, reportedly made by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), has brought to light the innovative, yet illegal, methods individuals might resort to for smuggling into prisons.

Aerial Smuggling Attempt Foiled

Damien Rakari Anderson, a 25-year-old resident of Summerville, South Carolina, was apprehended when a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of an orange drone with a substantial package attached, containing 220 grams of marijuana, in plain view inside his vehicle. This incident occurred in the vicinity of the Lieber Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison located in Ridgeville, S.C.

The evidence against Anderson was compelling, bolstered by a photograph of him walking near the correctional facility, drone and contraband in tow. This image served as a damning piece of evidence linking him to the attempted aerial delivery.

Contraband Confiscated

The arrest not only prevented the marijuana from potentially reaching inmates but also led to the seizure of additional prohibited items. Officers confiscated tobacco, cellphones, a knife, and other contraband materials, underscoring the varied nature of illegal goods sought after within prison walls.

Charges and Implications

Anderson now faces charges related to providing prisoners with contraband, a serious offense that highlights the ongoing challenges correctional facilities face in maintaining security and order. This incident underscores the lengths to which individuals will go to smuggle goods into prisons, leveraging technology in novel but illicit ways.

Cautionary Tale Involving A Drone

The arrest of Damien Rakari Anderson serves as a stark reminder of the innovative methods criminals may employ to breach prison security. While drones offer a myriad of beneficial uses, from photography to delivery, their potential for misuse cannot be ignored. This incident not only showcases the vigilance of law enforcement but also serves as a cautionary tale about the consequences of using technology for unlawful purposes. As authorities continue to adapt to these evolving challenges, the message is clear: the skies above prisons are no place for illegal flyovers.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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