Drones are slowly taking over the world. From militaries to photographers, everyone seems to be getting in on the tech phenomenon.
Unfortunately for prison services in the United Kingdom, however, criminals have found an ingenious use for the flying machines – smuggling contraband into prisons.
That’s right. Criminals are using drones to get drugs, mobile phones and other banned goods into the hands of inmates, and law enforcement has had enough.
A squad of police and prison wardens has been established to combat the hovering hooligans, by investigating recovered devices and tracking down their users.
“The threat posed by drones is clear, but our dedicated staff are committed to winning the fight against those who are attempting to thwart progress by wreaking havoc in establishments all over the country,” says UK Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah.
“My message to those who involve themselves in this type of criminal activity is clear; we will find you and put you behind bars.”
The warning has been sent out, and it remains to be seen just how effective the squad will prove to be.
According to the UK government, two individuals were recently sentenced to a combined ten years in prison for their dubious droning, setting a precedent for the crime.