And that’s why they can’t have nice things

Divers scoured the bottom of Lake Conroe in the hope of recovering a controversial $250,000 police drone that crashed into the water Friday.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the remote-controlled helicopter drone, which was bought in 2011 with a federal grant, suffered a malfunction and went down during an exercise over the lake.

The drone is equipped with a camera and an infrared scanning device and is used by MCSO for emergency management, missing-person recovery and operation overwatch, for example filming above SWAT team activities, spokesman Brady Fitzgerald said.

“Divers did go down to look for it. They are still looking. It went down in deep water where there is a rocky bottom. Visibility is also a problem because of sediment at the bottom of the lake,” Fitzgerald said.

The mini helicopter, which weighs around 49 pounds, and, in a military setting, could be fitted with a single- or multiple-shot 40mm grenade launcher, 25mm grenade launcher or 12 gauge shotgun, according to Vanguard Defense Industries.

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3 Responses to And that’s why they can’t have nice things

  1. hiswiserangel says:

    The sad thing is all your readers will think I copied you.

  2. Jason says:

    This is the second one they lost, I live in Conroe, and the people here were pissed they bought the first one, and lost it in Lake Conroe, imagine how pissed they are now.

  3. Rob in Katy says:

    LOL – I remember seeing several “local news” segments on how well trained the Waller County Sheriffs where to control this thing… funny. I think they mainly used it for looking for pot fields in the National Forest.

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