The state prison system has struggled for decades to stop contraband from getting to inmates but, they admit, prisoners are constantly finding ways to skirt any systems put in place to thwart them.
Tobacco is not allowed in Georgia prisons so inmates sell it to each other for a significant mark up.
And there is a market in the cell blocks for drugs as well.
There also is a demand for cell phones as prisoners use them to continue their criminal activities while still locked up.
A drone that crashed at Washington State Prison was carrying marijuana, among other contraband.
Between July 1, 2016 and the end of June this year, officers seized 9,379 cell phones from inmates and visitors at all 67 Georgia correctional facilities, which include secure prisons and lower-level facilities.
The most common way inmates get such banned items is by paying correctional officers to smuggle them in or getting their friends and relatives throwing packages over perimeter fences. Unmanned drones are a relatively new approach.
For the most part, prison administrators only know that a drone has come and gone because pieces of packages dropped from the sky are found stuck in fences or in prison yards.
Still, in 2013, four people were arrested in Morgan in South Georgia after they used a drone to carry two pounds of tobacco, a cell phone and binoculars to the yard at Calhoun State Prison.