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.
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.
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.
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]