Drones are being used to ferry drugs into the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, according to the Irish Daily Star.
Michael O’Toole is reporting that the flying devices are being used to deliver drugs, phones and other contraband to the prison.
These items are being flown to the window of cells where they are being collected by prisoners – the paper reports.
This is said to be a very different exercise to what criminals have previously been doing as up to now, objects had been dropped in the yard where they had been easier to detect.
A source told The Star that prison officers now fear that drones could be used to bring weapons into the prison.
They said: “The fear now is that a firearm or other weapons could be flown in.
“Then there would be a serious problem.”