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11 drone sightings threaten Michigan prison security
By michiganadvance.com- Michael Gerstein
Published: 03/19/2019

Almost a dozen drones were sighted near or over state prisons between 2017 and 2018, according to information obtained by the Michigan Advance, in part through an open records request.

Drones carrying drugs, cell phones or potentially weapons are the latest security threat for state prisons, experts say. In addition to being cheaper than in the past, the newest models come with grave security concerns. Consumer drones can be flown with cell phones, or programmed in advance with precise GPS coordinates, and are capable of heavier payloads than before.

After a string of drone sightings near Ionia prisons led to the 2017 arrest of three individuals attempting to deliver contraband, the Legislature passed a package of bills in 2018 making it illegal to fly a drone near state prisons or local jails.

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