COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD/AP) – Investigators say an inmate who escaped for the second time from maximum security prisons in South Carolina used wire cutters that were likely dropped from a drone.
At a news conference in Columbia on Friday, July 7, authorities said Causey left Lieber Correctional Institution on July 4 at around 8 p.m. After receiving word of his escape, officials verified at around 2 p.m. on July 5 that he was missing.
South Carolina Corrections Director Bryan Stirling says Causey used a cellphone to arrange his escape, and a drone likely dropped the wire cutters Causey used to cut through four fences at the Lieber on July 4.
News 2 met with a done professional to see how easily that can happen.
Okey Parsons has been flying drones commercially for 4 years. He says drones can be used in many positive ways, like search-and-rescue missions or surveying forest fires. However, some people misuse drones and will fly them in inappropriate places or illegally transport items.
Parsons says a drone can usually carry about 5 pounds.
He says it is very easy for someone on the outskirts of a prison to drop contraband to an inmate if the drone isn’t caught.
The Federal Aviation Administration does have a number of regulations when it comes to flying drones.
Authorities believe there are a number of people who assisted in the escape. They are currently being tracking down, in order to be brought to justice.