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Californian couple delivered drugs by drone according to police

On Tuesday, a Southern California man and woman got busted by the police for delivering drugs by drone to their customers in a nearby parking lot. The couple, Benjamin Paul Baldassarre, 39, and Ashley Lauren Carroll, 31, lived with a 9-year-old girl in their drug littered home. They were charged with possession of controlled substances for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment, City News Service reported.

Drugs delivered by drone

After a report from a neighbor had come in about a drone delivering drugs to customers, the police began investigating the Orangecrest neighborhood in Riverside. Last Thursday, police showed up at the couple’s house with a search warrant and “uncapped hypodermic syringes” and unpacked powders, believed to be fentanyl, were found.

On Facebook the police wrote that:

“Detectives also located methamphetamine and suspected LSD-laced candies, as well as the drone used for the delivery of the illegal narcotics.”

The 9-year-old girl, who is Baldassarre’s daughter was found in a bedroom with a marijuana-filled vape pen. The girl was initially placed with Riverside County Child Protective Services and later released to her biological mother.

Both Baldassarre and Carroll were previously charged in an unresolved drug-related case according to court documents. Baldassare has also been convicted of driving under the influence of drugs and being under the influence of a controlled substance before.




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