Drone carrying cell phones discovered at Oklahoma prison

A drone has crashed at an Oklahoma prison. It was carrying cell phones.

A hexacopter drone. is flown in Cordova, Md. Pilot reports of drone sightings so far this year are more than double last year, the Federal Aviation Administration reported Thursday. There have been more than 650 reports this year by pilots of unmanned aircraft flying near manned aircraft, according to the FAA. There were 238 drone sightings in all of 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) – Oklahoma prison officials say a drone carrying three cellphones has been confiscated at a private prison after a guard spotted flashing lights approaching the facility.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh said in a press release Wednesday a team of prison officers at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing found the drone after it crash landed on the prison grounds.

A plastic bag containing three cellphones had been affixed to the drone.

Allbaugh says prison officials are investigating the incident.

It is the second time a drone with contraband attached to it has been recovered at an Oklahoma prison.

In October, officials at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester discovered a drone carrying drugs, tobacco, hacksaw blades and a cellphone had crash landed after apparently clipping some razor wire.

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