On September 13, 2021 at approximately 8:40 a.m. the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an employee at Brunswick Academy reporting that a suspicious package was on school grounds. During the investigation, it was determined that this package was dropped around 5:40 a.m. due to the fact that the witness saw a drone during that time land on the grounds. Soon thereafter, the witness saw a small dark colored sedan come into the parking lot of the school and grab the drone. Law enforcement interviewed the witnesses and collected the package.
Based on our investigation, it is obviously apparent that the package was intended to be dropped at the adjacent property of the Lawrenceville Correctional Center, which is operated by a private company named The GEO Group. We have had numerous calls for service at the prison this year to include other drone sightings alleging the same criminal activity.
Once the package was brought back to our office for processing, the package was opened and it appeared to contain several pounds of marijuana and tobacco and also included three cell phones and a USB-C to lightning converter.
This is an ongoing investigation in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Corrections Drug Task Force.