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A 34-year-old tried delivering 60 grams of weed into prison via drone. It didn't go as planned

May 11, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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He now faces five years in prison.

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A man from Mississippi faces up to five years in prison for his failed bid to deliver about 60 grams of cannabis inside the gates of the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

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The 34-year-old recently pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of marijuana, notes a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi.

The bid to deliver cannabis, lighters, a cellphone and various cellphone cables over a fence and onto prison grounds on Aug. 6, 2020 proved a bust when the early-morning attempt was caught on surveillance cameras, according to court records.

  1. Files: Barn wires inside the walls of the Collins Bay Institution

    Staff discover contraband, including cannabis, at correctional facility in Kingston, Ont.

  2. Possessing any amount of cannabis for personal use in Alabama can lead to a misdemeanour charge punishable by a year in jail and a US$6,000 ($7,500) fine. /

    Directionally challenged man busted after trying to break into jail and deliver weed

  3. But alerted by the sensing technology, “corrections officers scrambled to the area, confiscated all the contraband and were able to describe the smugglers’ vehicle.” / PHOTO BY MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, FACEBOOK

    Feeling peckish? Smugglers include chicken wings with weed, other contraband in illicit care packages

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The accused had previous felony convictions for burglary of a building and sale of methamphetamine, the district attorney reports. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 4.

“Among the various intended uses of drone technology, illicit distribution of contraband, particularly inside a correctional facility, is not one,” Todd Damiani, Special Agent-In-Charge of the southern region of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG), says in the statement.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.

Although medicinal marijuana recently received approval in Mississippi, recreational cannabis remains illegal despite some attempts to legalize the plant.

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The Mississippi Cannabis Freedom Act, which would have legalized cannabis for those 18 and older, was put forward by sponsors, but Ballotpedia reports the amendment is not currently on the ballot in the state for the Nov. 8 election.

As it stands, possession of between 30 and 250 grams of weed can result in a fine of as much as $1,300, up to a year in jail or both, per Criminal Defence Lawyer. Selling that amount is punishable by as long as five years in prison, a $6,500 fine or both.

With regard to the recent smuggling attempt, an investigation by the Mississippi Department of Corrections and DOT’s OIG is continuing.

Many a person has tried to deliver contraband by drone to correctional facilities on both side of the Canada/U.S. border.

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Reports of those attempts, clearly the failed ones, include a Quebec man who is facing charges after dropping off a package at Collins Bay Institution, which is located in Ontario.

There was also an incident in which a drone was downed after hitting an Ohio home located about three kilometres away from two correctional facilities.

And charges against two Mississippi were laid after their bid to provide locked-up friends with some creature comforts, including cannabis, sputtered out when their delivery drone got caught up in the netting above the security fence.

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