Drug traffickers are finding new high-tech methods to deliver drugs into prison yards. A prison in Ohio last week was placed in lockdown after a drone dropped a package of heroin, marijuana and tobacco right in the prison yard.
The drug delivery method led to a brawl as prisoners attempted to grab the contraband before guards could confiscate the illegal items.
“Upon reviewing the cameras, it was determined that a drone passed over the recreation yards immediately before the fight began,” the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said in an incident report.
There were no major injuries to inmates during the July 27 fight, which was broken up by corrections officers using pepper spray at the Mansfield Correctional Institution.
The prison, located about 70 miles southwest of Cleveland, houses approximately 2,700 inmates.
Guards recovered the drugs which included 145 grams of tobacco (five ounces), 65 grams (two ounces) of marijuana, and nearly 7 grams (0.2 ounces) of heroin.
This isn’t the first time a drone has been used for illegal purposes at U.S. prisons. Last year in South Carolina a maximum security prison was the target of a drone that was carrying phones, marijuana and tobacco. The drone in South Carolina crashed outside the prison before the items could be delivered.