NOTE: Here is a link to a video of the cat being searched.
There are no doubt many ways to smuggle goods into prisons but in Arapiraca, Brazil an unusual strategy failed. A cat was caught trying to walk through prison gates in the city of Arapirica in north-east Brazil.
The guards noticed the cat walking towards them with tape around its back and stomach. On examination the cat was found to carrying a considerable amount of contraband that included drills, an earphone, a memory card, and a mobile phone with charger.
The jail is in Arapirica a city of about 215,000, located about 250km (155 miles) south-west of Recife in Alagoas state. There are 263 detainees in the prison. Every detainee is a suspect, especially those that had pet cats! The local police are investigating the incident.
However, a prison official told the local paper Eastado de S Paulo: "It's tough to find out who's responsible for the action as the cat doesn't speak,." The cat was not charged or arrested but was taken to an animal disease center to receive care. Perhaps it will be sent to a cat reform school when it has a clean bill of health.
Officials said that the items could very well have been used to communicate with criminals outside the prison or to help them escape. The incident happened on New Year's day but the photos have only been released now. I wonder how the prisoners were able to train the cat to bring goods to them? Perhaps this has been an ongoing service that the cat has provided for a mere mouthful of cat candies.