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Drugs drone downed Down Under

Four engine drone dumper grounded
Mon Mar 10 2014, 14:23
An unrelated drone

AUSTRALIAN POLICE have arrested a man on suspicion of trying to fly a drone into a prison and use it to drop off drugs.

A statement from the Victoria Police did not name the chap, but said that he is 28 and from an area called Lalor.

"Police have arrested a man following an alleged incident where a drone was hovering in the vicinity of a prison in Ravenhall yesterday afternoon," it said. "A man and a woman were located in a car on Middle Road around 4.30pm with what was believed to be a drone with four engines and a small quantity of drugs."

The man has been charged with "possession of a drug of dependence and attempt to commit an indictable offence". He has been bailed to appear in March. Apparently the woman was not charged.

Four engine drones do have some leisure use, and they have been trialed for business purposes. Australian network ABC reported that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulates them.

CASA said that it's okay for people to fly them as long as they aren't flown in flight paths or near buildings and people.

"Using them essentially as model aircraft, people can just buy them and use them, as long as they fly them according to the safety rules," said a spokesman.

"We certainly will take action and issue infringement notices if people breach the safety rules and of course we need to have evidence of that."

In the business world both Amazon and Facebook are thinking about using drones, the former for package delivery and the latter for connecting users to the internet. µ


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