And it begins. Predator drone helps convict North Dakota farmer Predator drone helps convict North Dakota farmer in first case of its kind | Fox News The case could prove significant, because Brossart's attorney tried unsuccessfully to have the terrorizing charges related to his standoff with police dropped because evidence was gathered by the drone without a search warrant specifically allowing for it. Prosecutors had previously dropped charges against Brossarts wife and daughter, for their alleged roles in keeping police at bay. Charges against his three sons related to terrorizing are still pending. "This case should have never happened," state District Judge Joel Medd said in court. "Chalk it up to stubbornness, to stupidity, to being at odds with your neighbors or any combination of those. We should never have been here if the cows would have just been returned." Forbes magazine predicted it won't be the last time drones are used to put Americans in prison, and reported the use of drones for police missions is on the rise. Between 2010 and 2012, law enforcement agencies used CBP Predator drones for 700 missions, the media outlet reported.