PEARL, Miss. (WTVA) - Two men are accused of using a drone to deliver marijuana and other contraband to friends in the Central Mississippi prison in Pearl.
According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), 33-year-old John Ross of Vicksburg and Joshua Corban, 18, of Utica, each face criminal charges for the act.
Joshua Ray Corban (left) and John Travis Ross | Source: MDOC
The drone carried marijuana buds, a cellphone, phone chargers, headphones and several cigarette lighters. | Source: MDOC
Their drone carried two ounces of marijuana buds, a cellphone, phone chargers, headphones and several cigarette lighters, according to MDOC.
The prison's security nets snagged the drone.
Rankin County investigators traced the drone’s flight path which eventually led investigators to Ross and Corban.
Ross is a parolee, according to MDOC.
“They tried to use the drone to help their friends—now it’s going to help us,” MDOC Commissioner Burl Cain said. “We’re reprogramming their drone now to use at Parchman so it’s working for the law instead of against it.”
The Mississippi State Penitentiary is located in Parchman, which is in Sunflower County.
MDOC Director of Investigations John Hunt said this is the third drone MDOC has intercepted at a Mississippi prison in recent years.