Seven members of a gang which used drones to fly drugs into prisons across the UK have been jailed.
The gang flew more than £500,000 worth of drugs into UK prisons over a fourteen month period in 2016 and 2017.
According to a report by the BBC, the police described the drone conspiracy as the biggest the UK has ever seen.
For the crimes committed between April 2016 and June 2017, Birmingham Crown Court sentenced then men to between three and 10 years and five other gang members were given suspended sentences.
The report went on to describe how Judge Simon Drew QC, passing sentence on the 13 defendants convicted of conspiracy charges, said: “This was a sophisticated commercial operation and due to the high value placed on drugs and mobile phones in prisons, designed to make those of you who ran the operation hundreds of thousands of pounds in profit.”
Detailing how the gang worked, Det Insp Gareth Williams from the Prison Investigation Team described how a drone flier, assisted by one or two others, would speak to an inmate on a contraband phone to guide a drone into prison where the attached parcel would be hooked off using sticks.