Sunday, March 21, 2021

Suspected drug dealer may have used drone to make deliveries

Simi Valley authorities suspect a man used a drone to deliver heroin to customers.

The possible aerial transport was discovered Friday after narcotics detectives and homeless liaison officers finished an investigation into suspected heroin and methamphetamine sales involving 51-year-old John Piani, the Simi Valley Police Department reported. Piani lives in the city, officials said.

The patrol officer who found and arrested Piani Friday in the 900 block of Enchanted Way discovered he was operating a drone, authorities said. When police recovered the drone, they found suspected heroin attached to it. The department will further investigate the drone's usage.

Piani was booked into Ventura County jail on suspicion of felony possessing drugs for sale. He remained in jail Saturday with total bail set at $125,000, jail records showed.

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