Houston man attempts to fly phones, tobacco, vape pens into prison on drone, DOJ says

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HOUSTON – Houston resident Davien Phillip Turner, also known as Davien Phillip Mayo, 44, pleaded guilty to owning or operating a drone that was not registered, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas said in a Nov. 8 release.

According to information presented in court, on May 19, 2022, law enforcement officials in Jefferson County, Texas were alerted that a person was operating a drone on the property of the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont.

Officers responded and located Turner with a DJI Matrice 600 Pro Drone and several bags filled with tobacco, cell phones, cell phone chargers, various tools, vape pens, and other items. Turner had planned to drop the item into the prison complex via the drone, according to information presented in court, the Department of Justice stated in the release.

Turner faces up to three years in federal prison.

The case is being investigated by the FBI, the Bureau of Prisons, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Aviation Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell James.

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