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Men accused of using drone to smuggle drugs into Warren County prison

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Posted at 5:24 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 19:46:52-05

Two northern Ohio men are facing multiple felony charges for allegedly using a drone to get drugs into Warren Correctional Institution last summer.

Michael Eugene Russell Williford Jr., 28, of East Cleveland, Ohio, and Bryan Douglas Shepherd, 27, of Richmond Heights, Ohio, were each indicted by a Warren County grand jury on 23 counts including illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto grounds of specified government facility, aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of criminal tools and misdemeanor possession of drugs.

According to the grand jury report, Williford and Shepherd transported drugs onto the grounds of Warren Correctional Institution using a drone between July and August.

Arraignment dates have not yet been set for the men. The cases are assigned to Warren County Common Pleas Judge Robert Peeler.