Eric Lee Brown is the first person to ever get charged for illegally operating an unmanned aircraft system to drop contraband into Autry State Prison. Mitchell County deputies responded to a call about a vehicle impeding the flow of traffic near the prison. Brown was inside the vehicle, and deputies smelled marijuana and saw the drone. They also saw two clear plastic bags containing a green, leafy substance that later was confirmed to be 294 grams of marijuana. Brown was taken into custody.
Brown admitted in his signed plea agreement that he attempted to use a drone to drop a large bag of marijuana into Autry State Prison in Pelham, Georgia.
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