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Prison guards shocked when they discover what this cat snuck into a cell

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A cat discovered within the prison with a pouch of drugs around its neck was last week consigned to what prison officers considered a safe room. How wrong could they be?

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 08/08/2020, 10:00

Wardens at Welikada Prison on the outskirts of Colombo were alerted to the presence of a cat in one of the cells. On closer inspection the cat had around its neck a pouch containing drugs and SIM cards. 


The prison is notorious on account of the tendency of prisoners to receive illicit items by various means. Its overpopulation makes smuggling an easy occupation for some. But even in an overpopulated prison a cat stands out from the crowd, and this feline was quickly apprehended. 

A fine hoard

During the ensuing investigation, wardens discovered the pouch to contain 2 grams of heroin, two SIM cards and a memory chip. 

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This weekend it was brought to a safe room while prison staff interviewed inmates in order to find the guilty party. However, on Sunday the cat escaped, not just from the room but from the entire complex, and has not been seen since. 

According to LadBible, the cat is not the first animal to be trained to smuggle drugs and contraband. Last week, local Colombo police captured an eagle that they believe was being used to traffic drugs.

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