As drone sightings are stubbornly becoming more and more frequent at state prison and corrections facilities in New Hampshire, concerned officials believe that these unmanned flying objects could be used to drop drugs or weapons for the inmates.
Late on February 9th last month, a drone was spotted multiple times hovering above the staff parking lot above the correctional facility in Concord. Drones were spotted hovering above the facility on nine different occasions over the past six months.
The situation is creating new problems for law enforcement. For instance, a brawl broke out among inmates at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio in August last year after a drone dropped a package of marijuana, tobacco and heroin into the facility.
In a separate incident, a drone carrying two hacksaw blades, an ounce of a banned substance and a mobile phone crashed into a prison in Oklahoma in October last year.
Commissioner William Wrenn said sightings of drones hovering above the facility create frenzy among officials.
When asked for a comment, Wrenn said, “It puts us in this high-intense security level because we don’t know what’s going to happen. We don’t know if it’s just someone photographing, if it’s someone who intends to drop contraband.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which regulates national airspace, forbids drones from flying in restricted airspace areas, such as airports some high-profile locations like the White House. However, the FAA rules currently don’t prohibit drones from flying over prisons.