But, How Bad Are Drones To Prisons Really?

But, How Bad Are Drones To Prisons Really?

Jun 28, 2023

What Country Are Experiencing :

The CBC (Community Based Correction) documented 99 suspected UAV drops to Ontario’s Collins Bay Institution last year, compared to 44 in 2020, and 10 in 2018.

116 count felony indictment for the trio that delivered illegal packages to 5 different prisons in Ohio, USA.

According to the Council of Prison Security in France, some prisons see drones looming in their sky 2 to 3 times a week.

Same in this Dannacona jail in Canada, surveillance says that 1 to 3 drones a week goes near the prison, not knowing if there is a delivery or not.

And Dannacona is considered a maximum security prison.

But what is more scary is the one they don’t see nor detect, how much are they ? It's a question that gives headache to Frédérick Lebeau, president of Québec region of correctional facility security.

He said in radio québec that some inmates have successfully took out their windows bars to receive drone deliveries directly at the window. We can see that door delivery are upgrading through jail illegal package, beautiful world we living in.


The Consequences Of Drone Deliveries :

In the report noted the 99 documented and presumed aerial deliveries to the Ontario jail during 2022 coincided with about 600 seizures of drugs or related substances, and 250 busts of weapons.

Such was the case with the 27th December 2022 discovery of contraband in the Kingston, Ontario prison, where the Correctional Service of Canada said guards had unearthed “149 grams of marijuana, 109 grams of tobacco and rolling papers, as well as cell phones and accessories”, for me, his christmas list was a bit too much.

The same agency discovered multiple other stash with even more funny substances that I will not quote.

Unsurprisingly, the rates of violence and overdoses in global penitentiaries tend to surge or decline in function of the health of internal black markets – and, increasingly, drone deliveries.

Deliveries are most of the times drugs, cellphones or weapons, so you can see some correlation there, prisons never find knitting kits in hidden places unfortunatly.


UAVs required to transport illegal cargo cost as little as $300 or $500. Losses of those craft due to crash or interception are comparatively negligible given the black market value of smuggled stashes ranging from several thousand dollars to nearly $200,000.

For exemple the interception of drone transporting contraband to prisons in North America have netted payloads of banned material worth over $25,000 on internal black markets.

Yes meth is expensive.

And after seeing too many evidence the GDC undertook a general shakedown of its jails in summer of 2022, turning up relatively large volumes of drugs among the 1,000 contraband items discovered. Those included 210 cellphones, 241 cellphone chargers, 647 weapons, 1.420 kilos of marijuana, 2.56 kilos of tobacco, 289.9 grams of methamphetamines, and 66.5 ounces of alcohol.

What Can They Do About It ?

While law enforcement officials have been active hunting down and arresting organizers of drone transport to prisons, that outside repression of contraband trafficking hasn’t been matched by internal prison deployment of tech to both detect and neutralize incoming craft.

By 2026, every drone in Taiwan will have to be registered and have a remote identification tracking feature. This will help Taiwan to restrict drones from certain area like jail. Meanwhile there are still some place on the internet where you can buy drones without having to give any id so I’m interested to see how this unfolds for prisons security.

The tiny Anglo-Norman island of Guernsey (population 64,000) felt compelled to install a high-tech electric “fence” that both detects and disables drones trying to near its prison.

The Guernsey hoosegow has a maximum capacity of under 150, and currently houses less than 70 inmates. Whatever those drones are delivering must be kinda bad.

French correctional officials have initiated a bidding process for over $14.7 million in anti-drone tech.

Bids are to propose “complete jamming systems of illicit communications (GSM, WIFI, etc.),” as part of “a detection, identification, and neutralization solution of drones” at jails around the country.

The problem is in every continent now and we will hear more of that in the future, some prisons not having the money to invest in powerful drone jamming system and detecter.

Anyway check our jamming system, even if you are not a prison we all have something to protect.
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