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London cops hunt for drone pilots who tried dropping drugs into jail

One quadcopter was stopped in mid-air

A quadcopter drone seized by the Metropolitan Police
One of the seized drones and its drug payload. Pic: Metropolitan Police

Cops have seized drones being used to fly drugs into London's Pentonville prison – and are now on the hunt for the people operating them.

One drone crashed while flying over the all-male jail on 14 August.

Another was intercepted in “mid-flight” heading towards the prison later that same day.

Police did not say exactly how they stopped the second drone.

The second flying machine, a small white quadcopter, was packed with “Class B drugs” which appeared to be cannabis, judging by photos released by police.

Drugs found with quadcopter drone seized by the Metropolitan Police

Drugs found with seized quadcopter drone. Pic: Metropolitan Police

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Heatley said: "These recovered drones carried a substantial amount of Class B drugs, legal highs and a large quantity of mobile phones; we are able to intercept them thanks to the vigilance of officers and the public. We work closely with the prison service to gather intelligence in order to carry out proactive operations to arrest and prosecute such offenders. I would urge anyone with information about these events to contact the police or Crimestoppers to help us to identify those responsible."

Police have set up Operation Airborne to try and stop drug dealers flying drones laden with contraband into the prison. No arrests have yet been made. ®


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