California couple used a drone to deliver drugs, police say

Benjamin Baldassarre and Ashley Carroll are accused of using a drone to sell drugs to customers, police said.

(Riverside Police Department)

A Californian couple on Tuesday after they allegedly used a drone to deliver drugs to customers, while a 9-year-old girl lived in their drug-filled house, police said.

The couple, Benjamin Paul Baldassarre, 39, and Ashley Lauren Carroll, 31, were charged with possession of controlled substance for sale, child endangering and possession of drug paraphernalia, City News Service reported. Carroll pleaded not guilty to the charges and was held on $ 100,000 bail. Baldassare was expected to be indicted on Wednesday.


The police began investigating the couple Orangecrest neighborhood in Riverside, earlier this month, after someone reported drugs are dropped to customers of a drone. Last Thursday, police served a search warrant at the couple’s home, where they “uncapped hypodermic needles” and unpacked powders, probably fentanyl, clutter a bedroom.

“Investigators also located methamphetamine and suspected LSD-laced candies, as well as the drone used for the delivery of illegal narcotics,” the police wrote on Facebook.

Baldassare, the 9-year-old daughter was found in a bedroom with a vape pen marijuana.

The girl was placed with the Riverside County Child Protective Services agents, and later to her biological mother, according to City News Service.

Baldassare and Carroll were brought in a previous unsolved drug-related case, according to the court documents. Baldassare was also convicted in the past for driving under the influence of drugs and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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