Miami Herald: From above, Miami-Dade police drone recorded crack cocaine sale live. It’s a first, cops say by David Ovalle:
Miami-Dade narcotics detectives needed surveillance as they investigated a suspected armed drug dealer believed to be peddling crack cocaine over the fence of his house’s backyard. But the surveillance didn’t come from a cop hiding in a tree, an unmarked car or a nearby building. Instead, the eyes came from 3,100 feet above the ground as officers launched a police drone to capture what they say was Andre ‘Dread’ Scott selling cocaine to an undercover informant from the yard of his Northwest Miami-Dade home. The drone footage — approved beforehand by a judge — marks the first time that Miami-Dade police has employed an unmanned aerial vehicle to obtain real-time evidence in a criminal investigation.