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Couple Charged with Delivering Drugs by Drone


A couple in Riverside, California is charged with using a drone to deliver drugs to customers, Press-Enterprise and KNBC-TV are reporting. The couple faces charges of child endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of controlled substances for sale.

After getting a tip about drug activity at the couple’s house, detectives reportedly watched as a drone appeared to deliver a package from the property to a parking area nearby. There, several people snatched the package. Police obtained a warrant, and claimed to find a cache of used needles, methamphetamine, and what they believe to be fentanyl powder inside the home. The two suspects, identified as Benjamin Paul Baldassarre and Ashley Lauren Carroll, were arrested without incident. Police also sought care for the daughter of one of the suspects.

The defendants both have other drugs charges pending in unrelated cases, both sources reported.

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."