A drone that was being used to deliver contraband to a rural Virginia jail dropped the package instead at a nearby private school.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said the package, which contained marijuana, tobacco and cell phones, was dropped on school grounds around 5:40 a.m. Monday.
Shortly afterward, the errant drone was retrieved by people in a dark-colored sedan in the Brunswick Academy’s parking lot, according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities concluded that the package was intended for the Lawrenceville County Correctional Facility, a one-minute drive from the school.
Illicit drone deliveries to inmates apparently isn’t unusual in the area. The sheriff’s office said it has received a number of calls this year complaining about the “same criminal activity.”
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The seized package has been turned over to the Virginia Department of Corrections. The investigation is ongoing.