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Drug Drone Delivery Grounded by 2 Arrests

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Benjamin Baldassarre and Ashley Carroll are accused of delivering drugs to buyers via drone. (Facebook/Riverside Police Department)

By    |   Thursday, 28 Dec 2017 10:49 AM

A drone probably seemed like a safe way to deliver illegal drugs to customers, but the creative sales technique ended in the arrest of two people.

Police in Riverside, California, charged Benjamin Baldassarre and Ashley Carroll with possessing controlled substances for sale after neighbors suspected they were selling drugs, The Associated Press reported.

The two suspects also face charges of child endangerment because Baldassarre’s 9-year-old daughter was living in the home where police say they found syringes and drugs. The girl was later turned over to her mother.

The drone was used to deliver the drugs to a nearby parking lot where customers would pick up the delivery and later drive by the home, throwing payments onto the lawn, police said, according to the AP.

Authorities learned of a possible sale of drugs using a drone in early December, the Riverside Police Department wrote on its Facebook page. The narcotics unit conducted surveillance of the neighborhood and observed a drone leaving the back yard of a residence. The drone flew to the parking lot where a small package of drugs was recovered by customers, the post stated.

Officers served a search warrant to the occupants of the residence Dec. 21. They found hypodermic syringes scattered throughout a bedroom and unpackaged powders believed to contain fentanyl. Detectives also discovered methamphetamine and suspected LSD-laced candies. The drone used for delivery also was located. 

Police believe a “vape pen” containing marijuana found in the 9-year-old girl’s bedroom was left there by the suspects.

Baldassarre, 39, and Carroll, 31, were arrested and charged with possession of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances with intent to sell, and conspiracy to commit a crime, along with the child endangerment charge.

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