Man sentenced for using drone to smuggle drugs into prison

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man has been sentenced to four years behind bars for attempting to use a drone to smuggle marijuana into a state prison.

Eric Lee Brown of Lithonia was sentenced by a federal judge Thursday after he pleaded guilty to a charge of operating an unregistered drone to carry out a drug offense.

Brown was arrested outside Autry State Prison in Pelham in March 2018. Prosecutors say prison guards found Brown inside a vehicle impeding traffic near the prison. They also found the drone and two plastic bags containing 294 grams of marijuana.

The office of U.S. Attorney Charles Peeler said in a news release that search warrants uncovered detailed conversations about Brown's plan to use the drone to drop drugs into the prison.

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