Drug Delivery by Drone: Cops Bust Cali Couple

RIVERSIDE, CA — Holiday package delivery took on a whole new meaning for one California couple who allegedly used a drone to deliver drugs to customers.

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The pair, Benjamin Paul Baldassarre, 39, and Ashley Lauren Carroll, 31, were hit with a string of charges including possession of controlled substances for the purposes of sales, conspiracy to commit a crime, and child endangerment, according to the Riverside Police Department.

Police began investigating the couple after getting a tip that they were dropping off dope via drone.

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Officers conducted surveillance at a residence in the 8700 block of Chesapeake Lane in Riverside, and witnessed a drone fly to a parking lot and deliver a small package of narcotics to waiting customers, according to authorities.

Then on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at about 8:00 a.m. the Narcotics Unit served a search warrant at the home and found “uncapped hypodermic syringes” and unpacked powders in a bedroom. Police further noted on Facebook:

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

Baldassarre’s 9-year-old daughter was found on the premises in a room containing a vape pen believed to contain marijuana, police said. The girl was placed with Riverside County Child Protective Services agents and later released to her biological mother.

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Baldassarre and Carroll were charged in a previous unresolved drug-related case, according to court documents. Carroll pleaded not guilty to all charges. Baldassarre is expected to be arraigned today.

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Main photo: Benjamin Baldassarre and Ashley Carroll [Riverside Police Department]

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