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Former Inmate Charged in Scheme To Use Drones to Smuggle Contraband into Federal Prison

On April 20, 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey filed an information charging Jason Arteaga-Loayza, a former inmate at Fort Dix Federal Prison, with one count each of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and possession of heroin and fentanyl with the intent to distribute. Arteaga-Loayza pleaded guilty to all charges, including those of violating terms of supervised release. Between approximately October 2018 and June 2019, after being released from prison, Arteaga-Loayza arranged to have drones flown over Fort Dix and drop packages of contraband into the prison where the contraband was sold to inmates for profit.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with Department of Justice OIG and the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.