Drone 'carrying package of drugs' crashes near Scottish prison 

The crash was reported to police around 1.05am on Wednesday.

Drone ‘carrying package of drugs’ crashes near Edinburgh prison iStock

A drone believed to be carrying drugs has crashed near a prison in Edinburgh.

Police received a report of the crash near HMP Edinburgh around 1.05am on Wednesday.

Investigations so far indicate that the drone was carrying a package of “illegal substances” and that the operator was in the Longstone Road area.

The force has urged anyone with information to come forward.

Sergeant Mark Coull said: “It is believed the drone operator was in the Longstone Road area. Residents may have CCTV or even a passing motorist could have dash-cam footage that could assist us.

“We are keen to speak to anyone with information that could trace those responsible.

“Drugs bring nothing but misery and harm. We depend on the support from our partners and members of the public, and will continue to use every tool and tactic at our disposal to remove illegal substances from our communities.”

“Anyone who can assist with our enquiries can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference 0123 of Wednesday, January 17, 2024. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

A Scottish Prison Service spokesperson said: “Our staff work hard to protect the health and wellbeing of people in our care from the significant harm caused by illicit substances entering our establishments.

“This includes working with Police Scotland, and other partners, to take action against those who attempt to breach our security, via drones or by other means.”

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