French police bust ‘startup’ Air Colis’s drone deliveries to prisons
Deliveries of banned materials to prison inmates by drone have gotten more ambitious and audacious around the world as their frequency multiplied, but the aerial smuggling ring police in western France broke up stands out for its quasi-startup organization and efficiency.
Four participants in the group that had been shuttling contraband into prisons across the western portion of France were arrested after police in Nantes mounted an inquiry into the flows of prohibited phones and drugs discovered during cell searches this summer. What they unearthed was not only a well-organized and oft-deployed system for delivering the loot with DJI Minis but also a Snapchat-based method of confirming orders emanating from inside the clink.
The perpetrators even had a name for their illicit enterprise: Air Colis (Air Parcel).
Police got wise to the scheme when guards first caught sight of a drone hovering in front of a window of a prison in Nantes. The…