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Drone Drops Drugs Into Orange County Jail Courtyard

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) - A bizarre delivery happened inside an Orange County jail courtyard when drugs were dropped off by a drone.

The Orange County District Attorney said Chey Smart, 41, controlled the drone from outside the jail Sunday.

"There was meth, heroin, Xanax, and other prescription medications attached to the drone," said Sgt. Ryan Anderson of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The drone sat undetected until Tuesday when an inmate worker found it on the ground.

Detectives said the suspect's acquaintance, Megan Donovan, 30, serving time in the jail for a similar crime, used the recorded jail phone to orchestrate the dropoff.

They arrested Smart inside a Costa Mesa apartment he rented under a stolen identity, detectives added. Inside, investigators said they found assault weapons, drugs, and drug paraphernalia.


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