January 22, 2015 - 28-year-old Brenton Lee Doyle
was sentenced on Tuesday to 15 years behind bars
for his attempt to smuggle contraband using a
drone into a maximum security prison in Bishopville, South Carolina.
Back on April 21, Lee Correctional Institution
prison guards were performing a routine
perimeter check of the facility when they
spotted the wreckage of an unmanned aerial
vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone just
outside the prison's 12-foot-tall fence.
Attached to the drone were cell phones,
marijuana, tobacco, and synthetic weed.
Within four months of the prison guards findings
Doyle was arrested on the charges of attempting
to smuggle contraband into the prison and
marijuana possession. Corrections officials have
banned cell phone use by prisoners as they
believe it poses a security threat to
correctional officers and to the public.