Texas prison drone drug-smuggling ring busted, netting 42 suspects
Law enforcement officials in Texas have arrested 42 people in an alleged criminal ring that used a drone to smuggle drugs into state prisons, including an inmate who now risks a life sentence for his role in the plot.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) made the announcement of the arrests, saying all 42 suspected have been charged with breaking federal conspiracy laws by using drones in smuggling drugs into state prisons. Among those indicted include an inmate currently in the Fannin County Detention Center north of Dallas, who – if convicted – risks seeing his sentence extending to life behind bars.
Accusations against the crew range from distributing narcotics, money laundering, firearms violations, operating an aircraft to facilitate drug trafficking, and Hobbs Act robbery offenses.
Once tipped to the activity, the TDCJ joined with an array of law enforcement agencies to investigate the ring’s use of drones to deliver drugs and…