Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska prison officials are keeping an eye on new technology being used to smuggle contraband into state prisons, including drones.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that a crashed drone attached with bags of marijuana and tobacco was found at the Lincoln Correctional Center two months ago. The Justice Department reported last year an increasing number of attempts to use drones to smuggle contraband into federal prisons over the past five years.
Christopher Connelly is the agency intelligence administrator at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. He says the prisons’ Centralized Intelligence Unit formed last year identifies and stays ahead of technology trends.
He says they’re refocusing efforts to locate and recover contraband, particularly cellphones, which has become a growing problem. Prisons are using new detection technology, Cellsense, to find cellphones that have been smuggled inside.