Ex-con’s drone deliveries of contraband land him back in prison

A New Jersey ex-convict is headed back to the slammer after a judge gave him a 43-month sentence for making drone deliveries of contraband cellphones, tobacco, and other items into the Fort Dix prison. 

Nine-month run of illegal air drops into a New Jersey jail

Jersey City resident Jason Arteaga-Loayza ­– also known by the nickname we’re not making up of “Juicy” – was handed his jolt as part of a plea bargaining agreement. The negotiated counts of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and possession of heroin and fentanyl with the intent to distribute allowed prosecutors to avoid a lengthy trial on multiple charges that the accused had used a drone to repeatedly fly cellphones, tobacco, and drugs into Fort Dix prison for resale. 

The aerial shuttles successfully dropped illicit goods into the facility over a period of several months before guards finally spotted a craft dangling fishing line hovering above a housing unit. Arteaga-Loayza…