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Drug Dealer Allegedly Used Drone To Deliver Heroin

Simi Valley, CA – An alleged drug dealer was caught trying to use a drone to deliver heroin to his customers, according to police.

Simi Valley Police Department (SVPD) narcotics detectives and homeless liaison officers had been investigating 51-year-old John Piani for alleged sales of methamphetamine and heroin, the agency said in a press release on Saturday.

A SVPD patrol officer located Piani in the 900-block of Enchanted Way on Saturday, but when police moved in to arrest him, they discovered he had been “operating a drone,” according to the department.

Investigators tracked down the drone and allegedly discovered a package of heroin secured to it.

“Seemed like a good idea…It wasn’t,” the SVPD said in an Instagram post alongside a photo of the drone on Saturday. “Heroin sales, even in Class A-G Air Space, is heroin sales. Found this gem on a suspected heroin dealer.”

The SVPD said “further investigation” is underway “in order to confirm the involvement of the drone” in Piani’s alleged drug-delivery operation, according to the press release.

Piani was booked into the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of controlled substance possession and two counts of possessing a controlled substance for sale, according to the Los Angeles Times.

His bail was set at $125,000.

Piani’s arraignment is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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