A white fluffy feline was caught committing a feline-y in Panama last Friday (16 April 2021) after authorities intercepted it trying to smuggle an assortment of drugs into the Nueva Espranza jail. As reported by AFP, the cat was stopped outside the jail with a pouch tied to its body as it tried to enter the prisоn.
The Nueva Espranza jail, located in the Caribeean province of Colon, north of the nation’s capital of Panama City holds more than 1,700 prisоners. An official said that within the pouch, there were narcоtics such as cocaine, crack and marijuana.
Andres Gutierrez, head of the Panama Penitentiary System commented,
“The animal had a cloth tied around its neck” that contained wrapped packages of white powder, leaves and ‘vegetable matter’.”
The office of drugs prosecutor of the province posted a video of the feline with the pouch on Twitter and said that it had opened an investigation into the use of various animals for smuggling illegal substances into prisоns.
#SucesosCri Momentos de la captura del narco gato que transportaba sustancias ilícitas a la cárcel Nueva Esperanza, Colón. Una fundación solicitó la libertad condicional para que se rehabilite y deje el mal vicio. Fiscalía de Drogas remitirá el gato a la fundación. @CortezDelfia pic.twitter.com/85jmBmKpSq — Diario Critica.Pa (@criticaenlinea) April 16, 2021
In fact, this is not the first time animals have been used to smuggle items into prisоns in Panama. The modus operandi usually involves people from the outside loading the animals with carry-ons containing drugs and prisоners using food to lure them into the prisоn. Previously, authorities were able to intercept attempted drug deliveries using pigeons and in some cases, even high-tech drones.
As for the fluffy feline, prosecutor Eduardo Rodriguez have taken it to a pet adoption centre, where hopefully, the cat will live with a new family free from crime.