Thanks to the development of new technology, there is an innovative problem for the world’s prisons. The use of drones as a means of transportation is amazing. It is used to covertly monitor areas using video, photos and audios. Using drones as a means of transportation to bring food and goods to homes has spread to those who transport illegal drugs to their customers. We have been able to verify that tunnels have been made to enter and exit the prisons without anyone noticing. Cell phones have also been used as means of using food as transportation. This includes birthday cakes, lasagna and even a chicken stuffed with cell phones, fentanyl and cocaine.
Several months ago he tracked down a drone carrying drugs to Las Cucharas prison in Ponce. Using drones as a means of transportation to smuggle in articles, drugs and cell phones is not exclusive to the island of Puerto Rico. It was previously used in prisons in Texas, United States, Georgia and South Carolina, where the fee to enter a telephone can be $1,500 and a pound of tobacco products can cost around $4,000.
In Canada, it has been reported that drones have been seen flying over prisons and dropping products such as weapons, drugs and phones at 49 penal institutions. These cases are present all over the world and that is why tools have been developed to detect drones in prison grounds.
Cameras for detecting drones and other flying devices are prohibitively expensive. Flying a drone over a prison is completely illegal and can lead to up to 10 years in prison. This fine is due to the federal law of the Drones Act of 2022. This fine is for flying a drone in an area restricted by the FAA. There is a further punishment of 3 years in prison for trafficking in any penal institution.
Flying a drone in the sky for commercial purposes requires a license and passing the Federal Aviation Administration-FAA Test Trust. This license is obtained through an exam administered by the same federal agency. This is to make sure these devices aren’t being blown up in a crazy way, federal regulations are being followed, and private individuals aren’t being seen in buildings with cameras.
Technology is good if used in the right way. In such a situation, it has become a headache for prison directors around the world.