Report: Drone Drops Drug-Filled Delivery In Ohio Prison Yard

| by Mackenzie Fleming

Fights broke out in a Mansfield, Ohio, prison yard after a package containing heroin, marijuana and tobacco was reportedly dropped by a drone. According to a report from Mansfield Correctional Institution, the incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on July 29.

Following the drop of the drug-filled delivery, inmates started a fight involving at least nine prisoners, NBC News reported. As officials responded to the fight in the north recreation yard, more inmates from both the north and south recreation yards also started running to the brawl, Fox 8 reported. 

“Upon reviewing the cameras, it was determined that a drone passed over the recreation yards immediately before the fight began,” an incident report stated. 

Reports say the incident started when an inmate in the north recreation yard picked up the package and tossed it over the fence into the south recreation yard. The delivery was initially grabbed up by an inmate for whom it was not intended, according to NBC News.

Prison officials eventually found the package in the equipment room.

According to the incident report, the men primarily involved in the fight were subsequently placed in solitary confinement. At the time of the incident, all inmates were ordered to the ground and were later strip-searched. 

There were no reported injuries.

Ohio corrections officials are now investigating how the drone dropped the package, which included 6.6 grams of heroin. Within the contents of the package, more than 65 grams of marijuana was also found as well as 144 grams of tobacco, prison officials said. 

According to corrections spokeswoman JoEllen Smith, using drones to transport banned items is common around the country, but has only happened in the state a few times.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, officials announced Aug. 5, reported NBC News.

Source: Fox 8, NBC News

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