Cat arrested for “smuggling” smartphones into prison
Security at Romero Nobrega prison in Patos, Brazil were left puzzled after they discovered cat “smuggling” handsets to inmates at the prison.
The authorities believe cats were ever used previously to smuggle drugs and other things into the prison but the game ran up after one of the cats usually loitering the prison premises was found with a coat strapped to its back, raising suspicion among wardens who forced the arrest of the cat.
One of the security staffs working with the prison said they always see several cats wandering off and on the penitentiary but on that particular day, one cat was caught trying to maneuver through the security gates of the prison blocks where inmates stay.
“Another officer noticed that he appeared to be wearing a coat, which we thought was strange,” he said “So we decided to stop the cat.”
Prison officer Daniel Ribeiro told reporters that four handset were recovered from the cat, with each phone bearing a SIM card from a different network operator in Brazil. On a prison-wide search, the officers said they couldn’t trace the intended recipient of the consignment even though they believe some of the inmates could have been using this method to ship drugs and other things in the past.