A drone carrying packages with cellphones flew over a lethal electrified fence and crashed inside a California prison over the summer, a Bakersfield NBC news affiliate reported.
Citing recently filed court documents, KGET-TV reported that Kern Valley State Prison saw the drone crash inside one of the prison yards on Aug. 30.
Prison staff discovered a Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 drone attached with a pair of packages, each containing two cellphones, chargers, and two Bluetooth earbuds, according to court documents filed by investigators.
Contraband cellphones are a growing problem in correctional facilities nationwide, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Kern Valley State Prison is a maximum security Level IV prison that houses 4,600 male inmates, some of whom are considered the state’s most problematic inmates.
The prison made headlines Friday when officials reported the death of 37-year-old inmate Abraham Morales, whose body was found in the cell he shared with 44-year-old Charles Ramirez.
Ramirez is serving life in prison with a possibility of parole after being convicted for first-degree murder, the Bakersfield Californian reported.