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Georgia Individual Pleads Guilty To Using a Drone To Smuggle Contraband Into a State Prison

On December 21, 2023, Dedrick Sirmans pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia to knowingly operating an unregistered aircraft to facilitate a controlled substance offense.
The indictment alleged that, in September 2020, Sirmans attempted to fly an unregistered unmanned aircraft system weighing over .55 lbs. into Macon State Prison to distribute a controlled substance.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Georgia Department of Corrections, Office of Professional Standards, with assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration Law Enforcement Assistance Program.