Dude Behind Drone Dump of Swastikas Arrested for Another Drone Blitz

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A California conspiracy theorist has been charged with using a drone to drop bizarre flyers over two NFL games in 2017. The charges come after he allegedly dropped swastika flyers over an Ariana Grande concert and a food festival this month.

Tracy Mapes likes dropping conspiracy literature out of the sky. Mapes, 56, is accused of dumping flyers covered in anti-media scribblings from a drone over two California NFL games on November 26, 2017. Mapes was arrested for the stunts in 2017, but apparently never prosecuted. That changed after he allegedly dropped more flyers over events this month.

Mapes is only being prosecuted for the 2017 incidents, for which he is charged with violation of national defense airspace. But he appears to have taken credit for the newest drone dumps, over an Ariana Grande concert and a food festival fundraiser in Sacramento. He wrote his name on some of the flyers, some of which were identical to flyers in the 2017 drop, which he took credit for in local media at the time.

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