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Mystery drones fly over state prisons in Sullivan County

LIBERTY – State Police and state prison officials are trying to solve the mystery of who has been flying drones nightly over the Sullivan and Woodbourne correctional facilities.

The mysterious flyovers by anywhere from three to five drones at a time began about a week ago, said the commanding officer of the State Police Liberty barracks, said Captain Brian Shortall. They appear in the late afternoon to early evening and fly as late as 11 p.m. sometimes reaching heights of 30 feet in the sky.

“For safety and security reasons, DOCCS does not permit the usage of a drone over the property lines of a correctional facility,” a spokesman for the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision told Mid-Hudson News in an email.

Authorities are concerned about the possibility of weapons, drugs or other illegal contraband being dropped into a prison by a drone.

Shortall said they have not been able to identify the operators of the devices at this point.

 


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