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SC Prison Drone Crash: WTH?




A South Carolina drone crash near a maximum security prison has authorities searching for a suspect … and the rest of us scratching our heads.

The crash site was discovered on April 21 near Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C. – but the incident was not disclosed by the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) until this week.  Investigators have arrested one suspect in connection with the dronyearse crash, and are searching for another individual.

What was inside the drone?  All sorts of contraband, including cell phones, marijuana, cocaine, synthetic marijuana and tobacco.  SCDC officials told The Associated Press the drone crashed while attempting to clear a twelve-foot wall at the “Level 3” facility – which houses some of the Palmetto State’s most dangerous inmates.

News of the drone crash comes one day after this website published a story on efforts by SCDC to cover up a rash of prison riots.  That story addressed the extent to which cell phones and other contraband are ubiquitous in Palmetto prisons.

Last week an Amazon employee was chastised by police in Seattle, Washington for flying his drone too close to the city’s famous space needle.  Amazon, of course, is the company that wants to create an air force of drone vehicles to deliver its packages to consumers.

Roughly ten states have enacted drone-related legislation in recent years – but South Carolina is not one of them.  There is currently no federal legislation regulating drones, but Congress has instructed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to come up with rules no later than September 2015.

The FAA is currently attempting to regulate drone usage under model aircraft standards issued decades ago – but those standards are voluntary and fines against drone users have been overturned by courts.