A man and a woman from Ontario face charges related to a drug trafficking investigation in Renous, New Brunswick, Canada. On November 11, 2023, around 9 p.m., the Blackville RCMP responded to a report from a Renous correctional facility indicating an attempt to deliver drugs via a drone. A subsequent report from a facility employee who spotted the drone on a security camera prompted police action.

At approximately 9:45 p.m., law enforcement intercepted a suspicious vehicle near the correctional facility, leading to the arrest of both occupants. Following the arrests, a search of the vehicle yielded a drone controller and various electronic devices. The seized drone, which had crashed on the correctional facility’s property, was found with a package containing suspected methamphetamine, cannabis, and other illicit drugs attached to it.

On November 14, 23-year-old Tay-Shan Stevenson and 29-year-old Marisa Linscott-Wiltshire, both from Ontario, appeared in Miramichi Provincial Court and were jointly charged with:

  • Obstructing a peace officer
  • Unlawful distribution of illicit cannabis
  • Unlawful trafficking of methamphetamine

Both individuals were remanded into custody. (RCMP Press Release)

See Also-

Counter-UAS Resources for Prisons, Correctional Facilities, and Jails

Contraband Detection Technology for Prisons

Agent-Based Modeling for Low-cost Counter-UAS Protocol in Prisons

Post Image- Items seized during an investigation into the use of a drone to deliver contraband in Canada (Image Credit: Royal Canadian Mounted Police)