BRUNSWICK COUNTY, Va. — A drug-carrying drone that the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says was bound for a Virginia correctional facility missed its intended target and landed outside a school.
The drone was carrying a package that contained marijuana, tobacco, cellphones, and a USB‑C-to-lightning converter, investigators said.
The Brunswick Academy in Lawrenceville was called by Sheriff’s deputies Monday at 8:24 am local time. School employees reported that they had found “a suspicious package outside” the school.
“During our investigations, it was determined the package was dropped around 5.40 a.m. due the fact that the witness witnessed a drone landing on the grounds,” Brunswick County Sheriff Brian Roberts said in an email. “The witness then saw a small, dark-colored sedan pull up to the school’s parking lot and grab the drone.
Investigators believe that the package was left behind by the people driving the car.
“Based on our investigation, it is obviously apparent that the package was intended to be dropped at the adjacent property of the Lawrenceville Correctional Center, which is operated by a private company named The GEO Group,” Roberts said. “We received many calls asking for service at the prison, which included other drone sightings that allege the same criminal activity.”
Roberts said the investigation was ongoing.
This story was originally published by Wayne Covil on Scripps station WTVR in Richmond, Virginia.