Calhoun Co. State Prison dealing with drone problem – WALB

CALHOUN COUNTY, GA (WALB) – Calhoun County State Prison is having a problem with drones trying to make their way inside the prison to drop off contraband to the inmates.

“Drugs are rapid everywhere and they want them in prisons just as much as they want them outside. They will do whatever they got to do to get them in,” said Calhoun County Sheriff Josh Hilton.

Hilton said people are going to great lengths to smuggle drugs, like methamphetamine, inside the Calhoun County State Prison.

“We catch a lot of people that come from all over, most of them are not local, 99 percent of them are not local. Most of them come from Atlanta metro area and middle Georgia,” said Hilton.

Hilton said he sees all kinds of different drones trying to fly over the prison.

While they are working on a solution, they have yet to find a fix to stop them.

“Mostly something that will carry some weight and fly it over to the prison system. Everybody is getting so technical when using stuff like that. The Department of Corrections have really upped their game with a lot of stuff that they are doing to combat it,” said Hilton.

Hilton said they have caught two drones in the last two years but it’s a problem that is getting worse.

“We are waiting on the next one. It could be any day now. Sometimes we get information that something could be coming in, sometimes we just catch them out there,” said Hilton.

Hilton warns that anyone thinking about using a drone to deliver drugs to an inmate should think twice before their freedom is taken away.

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