- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Georgia prison yard recently had a special delivery for inmates, when a small helicopter flew over the facility and dropped tobacco products inside the gates, a local news station reported.

After a lieutenant at the Calhoun State Prison noticed the unauthorized aerial vehicle, authorities immediately began canvassing the area. After a suspicious black car was found nearby, a search was conducted and two pounds of tobacco was found inside.

“After we gained consent to search the car we found the helicopter and I don’t know exactly how much it was but probably about one or two pounds of tobacco wrapped up,” Sheriff Josh Hilton told the news station.

Four individuals — Marc Lee Circle, Aaron Clint Foster, Angel Omega Thomas and Donavan Aaron Johnson — were apprehended for the crime. They could face up to 20 years in prison for attempting to deliver the contraband.

“Everybody had several cell phones with different contacts,” Sheriff Hilton said. “It is a surprise. I’ve never seen a helicopter. They were in the woods flying it. They had binoculars evidently so they could watch it.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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