On September 16, 2022, Jonathan Vasquez was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, to 50 months of incarceration, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Vasquez allegedly operated or attempted to operate a drone to deliver illegal contraband, including cellular phones and an mp3 player, to the Deuel Vocational Institute, a former State prison in unincorporated San Joaquin County, California. During a parole search of Vasquez's residence, DOT-OIG agents and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officers discovered a loaded firearm in Vasquez’s possession. The investigation involving Vasquez's illegal use of a drone is still pending.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the CDCR and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.