MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. -- For the first time in its 18-year history, the Mock Prison Riot in Moundsville will feature drones flying overhead.
The training exercise and corrections trade show is set for May 4-7 at the decommissioned West Virginia Penitentiary.
DroneShield, a Virginia-based company, will deploy drones and demonstrate a small electronic device it makes to detect them.
Maj. Ronnie Williams, of the West Virginia Division of Corrections, said in a news release that criminals and their cohorts are increasingly using drones to drop contraband such as tobacco, drugs and cellphones into prisons. He said the potential use of miniature, unmanned aircraft to smuggle weapons into prisons is a serious and growing threat that has not been adequately addressed.