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Investigations into drone activity after drugs discovered in Alhaurín de la Torre jail

The drugs and telephone seized inside the prison.
The drugs and telephone seized inside the prison. / SUR
  • Unions warn that drones could seriously "compromise the safety" of prisons

The Ministry of the Interior, through the Guardia Civil, as well as the prison service, have investigations under way into the presence of drones flying over Alhaurín de la Torre prison and their alleged use as a delivery method for drugs.

This comes after a drone was spotted by the Guardia Civil over the compound on Monday, shortly before another sighting in the same area. It is not yet known whether the same drone was used for both flights.

However, the investigation is focusing on the drone's possible connection to a package of drugs (298 grammes of hashish), an iPhone with charger and headphones, and a craft knife discovered in the corner of the patio of block nine inside the jail. The phone, wrapped in sponge, as well as the presence of clips on one package, point towards these being dropped into the area by a drone.

Inhibitors

According to the UGT union's secretary for prisons, Antonio González, drones seriously "compromise the safety" of prisons. He said: "If they can send in drugs, they can send in weapons too."

González added that the union had asked the prison service to introduce special measures, including "inhibitors which specifically target drones".