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Georgia Individual Sentenced for Using Unregistered Drone To Smuggle Controlled Substance Into a State Prison

On March 5, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia sentenced Dedrick Sirmans to 12 months and 1 day of imprisonment, 12 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Sirmans attempted to fly an unregistered unmanned aircraft system, commonly referred to as a drone, weighing greater than .55 lbs into Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe, Georgia, to distribute a controlled substance.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Georgia Department of Corrections, Office of Professional Standards, with assistance of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Law Enforcement Assistance Program.