Law enforcement officials in Ohio have compiled a sufficiently solid case against three suspects to secure their indictment for having flown drones to provide inmates in multiple prisons around the state with narcotics and other contraband items.

State officials obtained the 116-count felony indictment against the three men following an investigation dating back to 2021. Among those are charges the trio used drones to drop drugs, weapons, mobile phones, and other banned items into at least five different prisons or detention centers across Ohio. 

The activity is part of an increasing problem of UAVs being deployed to supply internal penitentiary blackmarkets with contraband items across the US and around the globe.

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The Ohio case dates back to the May 2021 discovery of a drone that had been used to transport prohibited items into a Toledo correctional…