SYDNEY, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Drones have banned from flying near, or above, Victorian prisons in an Australian-first crackdown, it was announced on Tuesday.
The Victorian government has established strict no-fly zones for drones near and above the state's most secure jails after incidents of inmates using the devices to smuggle in contraband.
The law will also include helicopters hovering lower than 120 meters altitude, with a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment for those caught violating the laws, the same punishment for smuggling contraband into a facility by any other means.
Gayle Tierney, Victoria's Corrections Minister, said drones could be used to smuggle drugs, weapons and mobile phones into prisons.
She said they could also be used as a surveillance tool to probe for weaknesses in a facility's security.
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