Lezha prison workers catch drug-carrying drone inside prohibited area
TIRANA, July 7 – Albanian police announced on Sunday the first case of an attempt to deliver, with the help of drones, narcotic substances and cell phones inside prison premises.
In its announcement, the police said prison workers had spotted a drone flying within the Shenkolli prison’s prohibited area, approximately 10 kilometers from the city of Lezha. Police forces managed to block the drone in the second outer prison district. During investigation of the object 7 packs on narcotics and three plastic bags were found in the drone’s body, wrapped inside a plastic bag.
Police arrested three people in relation to this case, all caught inside a car about 1 km away from the prison. During the car’s control, the drone bag and remote control were found, as well as three additional cell phones.
Those arrested are aged between 25-28, residents of Malesia e Madhe and Shkodra. They are accused by the prosecution for the criminal offenses “Manufacturing and sale of narcotics” and “the introduction or possession of prohibited items in the institution of execution of the imprisonment decisions, remaining in tentative.”
Recent years have seen numerous cases of attempts to introduce drugs and cell phones inside the prison. In March this year, six employees of this prison were suspended from duty for non-compliance with security regulations, which enabled prisoners’ family members to put into prison narcotics through food.