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CrimeMother-daughter team busted for using drone to smuggle contraband into prison

06:05  29 april  2019
06:05  29 april  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Mother-daughter team busted for using drone to smuggle contraband into prison© abadonian/iStock/Getty Images Drone monitoring barbed wire fence on restricted area.

A mother and daughter who used a pricey drone to drop a package over the walls of a Florida prison will soon find themselves behind bars, court records show.

Cassandra Kerr, 40, and Concetta Didiano, 22, were arrested in December after jailers at Martin Correctional Institution noticed a drone hovering above one of the inmate housing facilities around 2 a.m. in the morning.

The package was recovered and found to contain tobacco and cell phones — sought-after items in prison that can be used or traded for other illicit wares. The drone, a Matrice 600, had a “payload release mechanism, and was destroyed when it was hit by a car near the prison’s entrance.”

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Kerr and Didiano were stopped near the prison in a Chevy Silverado and Kerr confessed to piloting the $4,000 drone with an iPad. She told investigators she “practiced flying it several times at home before coming to MCI to deliver contraband.”

The contraband was intended for Andres Correra, Kerr’s spouse, who is serving a 25-year sentence for armed robbery. He is set for release in 2026. While Correra hasn’t been charged in connection with the scheme, he was transferred to a different prison.

They face up to five years for introducing contraband into a state correctional institution.

The pair are expected to serve six months after their sentencing in July. They are also on the hook for certain court and prosecution costs.

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