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Riverside couple charged with using a drone to deliver illegal drugs

By in Press Enterprise on December 26, 2017

By City News Service

Felony charges were filed Tuesday, Dec. 26, against a probationer and his girlfriend who are accused of dealing drugs out of a Riverside home and using a drone to deliver the contraband to customers.

Benjamin Paul Baldassarre, 39, and Ashley Lauren Carroll, 31, were arrested Thursday following an undercover Riverside police investigation into possible illegal activity at Baldassarre’s residence in the Orangecrest area of the city.

Benjamin Paul Baldassarre of Riverside was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances for the purposes of sales, conspiracy and child endangerment on Dec. 21, 2017, after earlier in the month a drone was seen leaving his residence and delivering illegal drugs to customers in a parking lot. (Courtesy of Riverside Police Department)

Along with three counts of possession of controlled substances for sale, the pair are charged with child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Carroll pleaded not guilty to all charges during her arraignment Tuesday afternoon and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Baldasarre’s arraignment was rescheduled to Wednesday.

Investigators were alerted earlier this month to possible drug dealing out of a residence in the 8700 block of Chesapeake Lane, according to Riversdetectives began watching the house and saw a drone fly from the backyard and drop a package at a public parking area not far away,ide police Officer Ryan Railsback. Narcotics he said.

Ashley Lauren Carroll of Riverside was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances for the purposes of sales, conspiracy and child endangerment on Dec. 21, 2017, after earlier in the month a drone was seen leaving her residence and delivering illegal drugs to customers in a parking lot. (Courtesy of Riverside Police Department)Ashley Lauren Carroll of Riverside was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substances, possession of […]    

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