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Governor’s budget calls for drone detection at Maryland prisons

February 15th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Larry Hogan wants to spend $1 million to install drone detection technology over two high-security Maryland prisons, the latest attempt to combat plots to airdrop contraband, which has become a nationwide problem. Hogan's budget proposes installing the technology at prison complexes in Jessup and Cumberland. It comes after an August incident in which authorities caught two men parked outside the Western Maryland prison with a drone and a car full of drugs, pornography, tobacco and a cellphone. The pair also had a gun, which was too heavy for the drone to carry. Authorities charged the two men, along with an inmate at the complex, with multiple gun and drug offenses. The Baltimore Sun reports Stephen Moyer, secretary of public safety and correctional services, said a tip allowed authorities to catch the men at the gate — but prison systems across the country worry about contraband being ferried in by drones.

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