Cat trained to smuggle drugs into prison caught by prison worker
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 01:03
Oct. 23 - Guards at a Moldovan prison catch a cat being used to traffic drugs attached to its neck. Sharon Reich reports.
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Guards at a prison in a Moldovan village say they caught a cat that was being used to traffic bags of drugs on its collar.
Video footage distributed by the Moldovan Department of Penitentiary Institutions showed a grey and white cat being searched and two purple bags being cut into two, revealing a dark green substance.
SOUNDBITE: Deputy head of security service of Puncul prison No. 9, Oleg Khumanovsky, saying (Moldovan):
"While inspecting protected buildings of the prison number 9, I saw a cat with a suspicious collar that had two little bags attached. I caught it right away and took it to the prison security office. There we took off the collar, and it turned out that these bags contained a green substance of plant origin with a distinctive cannabis smell. The law enforcement authorities have been warned, and the case has been documented."
Officials say this is not the first time a cat was used to smuggle goods into a prison.
According to media reports, earlier this year guards caught a cat carrying cellphones and chargers taped to its belly at another prison.
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