Authorities in Panama have spotted an unusual trafficker, a stuffed white cat, with a pack of drugs tied to his body as he tried to enter jail. The unusual criminal was detained in front of the Nueva Esperanza prison, north of the capital, Panama City, on Friday.
“The animal had a scarf tied around its neck that carried packets of white powder, leaves and an oily substance,” said Andres Gutierres, head of the Panama Penitentiary System. After the check, cocaine, crack and marijuana were found, according to another official.
This is in fact not the first time such a crime has been attempted.
Prisoners use food to lure animals after the creature is loaded with drugs by other people outside. The prosecutor’s office said on Twitter that it had opened an investigation into the use of animals for the illicit trafficking of substances in the Nueva Esperanza prison. She posted photos of the drug and the cat caught in the act. The animal will now be taken to an adoption center.
Panama has about 18,000 inmates in 23 prisons, most of them overcrowded. Even earlier, authorities have faced attempts to smuggle drugs into prisons, using pigeons and even drones.