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Lincoln man convicted in plot to deliver drugs to prison by drone

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A Lincoln man pleaded no contest to two charges stemming from an attempt to deliver contraband to inmates at the Lincoln Correctional Center using a drone.

Lancaster County District Court records said that it happened between Jan. 14, 2018 and Feb. 26, 2018.

Robert M. Kinser, 38, was convicted of attempting to distribute a controlled substance of marijuana and for attempting to convey an article to an inmate, according to court records.

Kinser faces up to four years in prison.

Court records stated, on Feb. 16, an inmate at the Community Corrections Center Lincoln on work detail at the Farm Shop found a drone and two white bags from the grounds surrounding the correctional facility. The inmate turned the contraband and drone over to the maintenance specialist who was supervising him during his work detail.

Court records stated a remote drop mechanism was found to be attached to the drone’s leg which allowed for the contraband items to be released from the device. The Nebraska State Patrol was called to the scene and they took the drone and contraband.

NSP’s investigation into the incident revealed the owner of the drone through extracting photographs, movie files and the Global Positioning System (GPS) information associated with most of the photographs.

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Kinser's sentencing is set for Aug. 25.

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