Drone carrying contraband crashes at SC prison

      By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina officials are looking for a person they say tried to use a drone to sneak cellphones and other contraband into a maximum-security prison.

      Corrections Department spokeswoman Stephanie Givens said Wednesday that officials found a crashed drone in bushes outside Lee Correctional Institution earlier this year. At the site, Givens says officers also found contraband materials, including cellphones, tobacco products and marijuana.

      One man has been arrested and charged with trying to give contraband materials to inmates, and authorities are looking for a second suspect.

      Givens says this is the first time officials know of a drone being used to smuggle banned items into prison.

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