A man who was caught trying to smuggle contraband into various prisons via drone has been sentenced to 14 months in prison.
In what is considered to be the first case of its kind, Daniel Kelly (and accomplices) used a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced to fly supplies over the walls. It’s believed that the drone was carrying prohibited goods intended for inmates serving time in Wandsworth in London HMP, The Mount in Hemel Hempstead and also Elmley and Swaleside in Sheppey, the latter incident being the one for which Heliguy provided evidence.
Kelly was arrested on 25th April when police saw him running towards an Audi in Eastchurch. The car took off at speed but he was apprehended quickly, caught with the offending drone in his boot. The Phantom drone had been painted black, its LEDs were covered and it was operated using a controller from the Inspire 1 V2.
Although he admitted to ‘conspiracy to project a drone into prisons between 15th April and 6th May 2016’, the Prosecutor told Maidstone Crown Court it wasn’t possible to say for certain what was actually flown into these prisons.
Heliguy & Kent Police
Evidence presented to the police by Heliguy’s expert technical team helped to pinpoint the location and subsequent movements of the drone by analysing flight path data which placed Mr Kelly at the scene and showed that the drone had indeed flown into the Swaleside prison grounds.
DC Mark Silk of Kent Police who was involved in the investigation and worked closely with Heliguy’s technical team said:
“Although we could not prove what was being carried, the good work by Heliguy pushed the defendant into a corner and he had no choice but to plead guilty.”
Aside from assisting this case, Heliguy is currently in contact with other police forces across the UK, analysing data to help them kerb the unlawful use of drones. We will bring you more information as these cases develop.
Full post available at – https://www.heliguy.com/blog/2016/07/21/heliguy-helps-to-convict-prison-drone-smuggler/