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This Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, shows a rescue drone flown by Box Elder County Sheriff's Office during a demonstration in Brigham City, Utah. People who use drones to commit property crimes could get more time in prison under legislation being considered by a Washington state Senate committee.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — People who use drones to commit property crimes could get more time in prison under legislation being considered by a Washington state Senate committee.

In a hearing Tuesday morning, the Senate's Law and Justice Committee discussed the potential roles drones can play in property crime, from casing a house for a robbery to smuggling drugs. The bill before the committee, sponsored by Sen. Pam Roach, would allow prosecutors to charge an offender with running a nefarious drone enterprise for any crime in which a drone is used. If a conviction resulted, the drone allegation would add a year to the sentencing range a judge can consider for the offense.

Four drone-related bills have come before the Legislature so far this year.