Drones smuggling drugs, contraband into Kern Valley State Prison

The CDCR is investigating two cases of drones being used to smuggle drug and contraband into the Kern Valley State Prison. (KBAK/KBFX photo).

Search warrants are outlining two recent cases where drones have been used to smuggle drugs and contraband into the Kern Valley State Prison.

The first incident happening in September 2017.

Court documents state the drone was modified with a "release mechanism" carrying "what appeared to be a black cloth like bag" which contained cell phones, chargers and SIM cards.

Documents state the drone lights "were covered with black electrical tape in order to prevent it from being seen at night."

That drone crashed, and documents state investigators are looking into who was operating it.

The second case happened in February 2018, making several drops.

Items found include numerous cell phones, chargers, headphones and SIM cards.

Drugs were delivered by the drone, including suspected methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, and phencyclidine (PCP).

Documents state hacksaw blades and razors were dropped. Tobacco, cigar wraps and lighters were also found.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) confirms they are investigating these cases.

In a statement to Eyewitness News a spokesperson wrote, "CDCR is taking the increase in drone discoveries very seriously, just like we do with any contraband introduction. CDCR has seen a significant rise in unauthorized drones on prison property statewide in the past year. This has generated some concern regarding the safety and security, and the department is working diligently to mitigate the introduction of contraband into prisons, including through drones.”

These investigations are ongoing.

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