Alleged drugs-by-drone operation busted in Riverside

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KFSN) -- Riverside police arrested two people they say were involved in a drug operation that involved delivering narcotics by a drone.

When officers raided the alleged drug house, they say they found narcotics scattered all around, including a vape pen containing marijuana found in the bedroom of a 9-year-old girl.

The raid of the house was preceded by a surveillance operation that began when officers learned of individuals selling drugs using a drone.

Officers say they saw a drone leave the back yard of a home in the 8700 block of Chesapeake Lane, fly to a nearby parking lot and drop a package of drugs to waiting customers.

On Thursday, officers served a warrant on the home where the drone was seen.

They say they found drugs throughout the home, in addition to used, uncapped needles scattered throughout a bedroom. They also say they found unpackaged powders believed to contain the drug fentanyl.

They also say they found methamphetamine, candies laced with LSD and the drone.

They also found a vape pen with marijuana in the bedroom of a 9-year-old girl living at the home. Protective Services was called in and eventually the child was released to her mother.

Police arrested two Riverside residents associated with the residence: Benjamin Baldassarre, 39, and Ashley Carroll, 31. They were booked for possession of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances for the purposes of sales, conspiracy to commit a crime, and child endangerment.
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