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Drone drops package over Queensland prison wall on Christmas Day

A prisoner has been taken to hospital a day after catching a package dropped into a Queensland jail by a drone.

An officer spotted the drone over an exercise yard of the Capricornia Correctional Centre in central Queensland about 1.45pm on Christmas Day.

A prisoner caught the package of contraband but it was confiscated and the centre immediately put into lockdown, according to corrections authorities.

A second contraband package was dropped into the same area of the prison by drone shortly after the centre was locked down.

Prisoners remained in lockdown while the facility was searched.

On Boxing Day, the prisoner who caught the first package started to behave in an "elevated manner" after telling staff he had swallowed an unknown substance.

The prisoner was returned to the centre from the hospital the same day.

Deputy Commissioner Andy Beck warns that people caught flying drones over Queensland prisons can be sentenced to two years in jail and fined more than $12,000.

"When prisoners are identified as being involved in this type of activity, it may lead to them losing access to contact visits and other privileges," he said.

In November last year a man and woman's botched attempt to fly drugs and mobile phones into a Queensland jail landed them prison sentences.

The pair walked through bushland to the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre's perimeter at night to try and fly the contraband to an inmate but their drone was damaged during flight.

In an unrelated incident, the Capricornia Correctional Centre was placed into lockdown on Friday morning after a prisoner climbed onto the roof in another area of the facility.

"He didn't make any demands ... there was very little engagement," a spokeswoman said.

The man came down from the roof at 1pm and was placed in a detention unit after being checked by medical staff.


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