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Maryland man admitted to role in prison drone smuggling ring: Prosecutor

January 15, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Maryland man admitted to role in prison drone smuggling ring: Prosecutor

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A Maryland man admitted to his role in a smuggling ring that involved flying a drone to deliver contraband such as drugs, porn and even a handgun over the walls of a maximum security prison in, a prosecutor said during opening arguments in the trial against Knoxville native Thaddeus Short.

Assistant State’s Attorney Erich Bean gave his opening statement Thursday in the trial of 25-year-old Thaddeus Shortz of Knoxville.

Police arrested the 35-year-old Shorth in August and charged him with 35 counts involving a scheme to smuggle weapons, prescription narcotics, synthetic marijuana, tobacco and pornographic videos to an inmate at the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, MD using a drone.

His Defense attorney Robin Ficker told The Associated Press that his client did nothing illegal after the arrests of both he and 30-year-old Keith Russel of Silver Spring near the prison after police had discovered drone and the packaged materials including a gun in Shortz’ pickup truck.

Investigators said the gun was too heavy for the drone to carry.

Prosecutors indicted the inmate Charles Brooks in September. Ficker will deliver his opening statement later in the trial.

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