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Largest Contraband Bust in Oklahoma Includes Drugs, Weapons, Drones

by Will Long

August 30, 2022

Largest Contraband Bust in Oklahoma Includes Drugs, Weapons, Drones

In recent years, Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials have reported increased amounts of seized contraband, including drugs. Some of the contraband which holds high value within prison economies is being smuggled in through technologically advanced methods, like using drones. Prison officials said they’ve seen drones carry items over tall fences and drop them, making it harder for them to keep drugs, weapons and phones out of inmates’ hands.

Largest Contraband in Oklahoma City History

On July 15, agents from the Office of the Inspector General and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control opended a stroage unit in Oklahoma City to find a massive stash – 30 pounds of marijuana, 35 pounds of tobacco, 31 cellphones, several pounds of methamphetamine, 2,400 cannabis pills and edibles, and two drones among other highly dangerous items. Law enforcement logged this as the biggest bust of its kind in state history.

The Department of Justice reports that drone-delivered contraband is on the rise. The use of drug smuggling drones increases the risks to the prison population to develop a substance use addiction. The massive drug seizure came just a few weeks after prison officials in Oklahoma City found a package of 2,500 fentanyl pills on their way to a correctional center. Not only is there a growing urge to supply the demand for prison contraband, but there now exist ways to get the goods to those who want them by flying drones over prison walls.

This can cause even more issues if prisoners don’t have adequate access to drug addiction treatment behind bars, leading to a greater demand for illicit drug smuggling. Working together with law enforcement, partnerships with public entities are important to pursue when finding ways to solve the problem of addiction rates behind bars and tackle illegal activity. The need for newer technology to combat these types of issues that prisons face when preventing illegal good transfers from happening is also increasing on a day-to-day basis, with this massive seizure in Oklahoma being an example of what we now face.

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To learn more about how Landmark Recovery treats those in Oklahoma City, call our dedicated admissions specialists at 888-448-0302 today. Our goal is to save a million lives in the next century, starting with the people of Oklahoma in our own backyard.

About the Author

Will Long

Will Long

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Will has been a writer for Landmark Recovery since 2021. Will specializes in research and writing about substance abuse from a scientific and social perspective.

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