LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Two men allegedly used a drone to drop drugs and cell phones into the yard at an Ohio prison last summer in what authorities described as an “Easter egg hunt” for inmates.
Michael Eugene Russell Williford Jr., 28, of East Cleveland, and Bryan Douglas Shepherd, 27, of Richmond Heights, were indicted by a Warren County grand jury this week on 23 counts, including aggravated trafficking and possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools. It wasn’t known Tuesday if either man has retained an attorney.READ MORE: High School Spring Sports Kick Off After Being Canceled Last Year During Pandemic's Start
The two men were staying at a hotel in Monroe when they used glue to cover the small drug packages with turf, according to the indictment. They then used a drone to transport the packages onto the grounds of the Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon in July and August.READ MORE: Pittsburgh-Area Caregivers Asking Lawmakers To Increase Minimum Wage End 48-Hour Fast
“I would characterize it as a prison Easter egg hunt,” Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said. He declined to say whether any inmates had obtained any of the packages before law enforcement intervened.
Prison officials tracked a drone to the hotel on July 30, and another drone was launched a few days later. Authorities soon obtained a search warrant for the hotel room, and video on the drone showed it dropping the packages at WCI and two other prisons in Mansfield and Chillicothe. Authorities haven’t said though when the drug packages were dropped at the latter two sites.MORE NEWS: Westmoreland County Leaders Say They're Getting Less Vaccine Than Smaller Counties
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