Atlanta man third to be sentenced in Georgia prison drone plot

An Atlanta-area man has become the third defendant to be remanded to federal prison for using a drone to smuggle contraband into a Georgia state prison. The prosecutions in the case are believed to be among the first in the United States under federal law regulating non-passenger aircraft.

24-year-old Cheik Hassane Toure, of Marietta, Georgia, was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to “Serving or Attempting to Serve as an Airman Without an Airman’s Certificate.” Additionally, the court has also ordered Toure to pay a $1,000 fine and to serve one year of supervised release after completion of his prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

As DroneDJ reported earlier, Toure’s co-defendants, brothers George Lo and Nicholas Lo are already serving sentences after pleading guilty to the scheme.

As reports of drones delivering contraband to prisons increase, David H. Estes, Acting US Attorney for the Southern District…