A cat detained in Sri Lanka’s main prison for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and SIM cards, has escaped from custody.
The smuggling attempt was busted by the jail intelligence officials on August 1, 2020, at the high-security Welikada Prison.
A police official said almost two grams of heroin, two SIM cards and a memory chip were found in a small plastic bag tied around the cat’s neck.
Aruna newspaper, however, reported that the cat escaped on Sunday August 2, from a prison room where it was kept.
Though prison authorities are yet to comment on the development, the management of the correctional facility had reported an increase in incidents of people throwing small packets of drugs, cell phones and phone chargers over the walls in recent weeks.
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Police last week seized an eagle, said to be used by drug traffickers to distribute narcotics in a suburb of Colombo.
The publication said investigation is ongoing, to determine if the cat had been used previously to smuggle drugs and contraband.