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A California couple allegedly used a drone to deliver illegal drugs. (Phonlamai Photo/Getty Images)

A California couple allegedly used a drone to deliver drugs to customers, police said.

Benjamin Paul Baldassarre, 39, and Ashley Lauren Carroll, 31, both of Riverside, were charged with possession of controlled substances for sale, child endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to published reports.

While serving a search warrant at the suspects' residence, police found a 9-year-old girl living there. Inside her bedroom was a “vape pen” that allegedly contained marijuana, according to police.

The home was also littered with drugs, according to reports.

The County of Riverside Child Protective Services responded and the girl was turned over to her mother, police said.

A neighbor tipped off police that they suspected a drone was being used to deliver drugs, reports state.

"The Narcotics Unit conducted a surveillance in the Orangecrest neighborhood of Riverside when they observed a drone leave the rear yard of residence in the 8700 block of Chesapeake Lane," Riverside police stated in a press release. "The drone flew to a nearby parking lot and dropped a small package of narcotics which were recovered by awaiting customers."

Police found "numerous used and uncapped hypodermic syringes were scattered throughout a bedroom, along with unpackaged powders believed to contain fentanyl. Detectives also located methamphetamine and suspected LSD laced candies, as well as the drone used for the delivery of the illegal narcotics."

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