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article imagePolice dog captures cat smuggling heroin to prison inmate

By Igor I. Solar     Nov 11, 2010 in Crime
Moscow - The unusual method or getting the drug into the jail was devised by an inmate who trained the cat to receive his food following “delivery of the merchandise”.
The traditional animosity between dogs and cats took a turn into the criminal sphere when, while performing police duty, a dog caught a cat that was carrying in his collar 15 grams of heroin which the feline was supposed to deliver to an inmate in prison in the town of Mendeleyevsk, Republic of Tatarstan.
According to a spokesman for the Prison Service of Tatarstan, the atypical drug carrier lived within the prison and had been trained by the inmate who sent the cat out of the prison where the prisoner’s friends hid the drug in the cat’s collar, reports TheMoscowNews.
The training consisted in the cat returning directly to the cell where the inmate would retrieve the heroin and feed him well.
 Jailbird   cat in prison.
"Jailbird", cat in prison.
"The accused were known to hold and starve the poor cat for several days and then place a collar with hidden heroin and release him near the jail," said a prison spokesman to the MoscowNews.
Prison management became aware of the scheme and prepared an operation to stop the unusual narcotic trafficking. “The patrol was expecting the cat to go one way, but it chose a different path though a ‘no-go’ area guarded by dogs,” Anton Shabardin from the Prison Service's press-office told the Moscow News.
Unfortunately the police dog that captured the “mule” cat may have applied excessive force because in the process of catching the starving, innocent drug carrier, caused the cat severe injuries that resulted in his death.
The Tatarstan Prison Service is evaluating the situation and could open a new case against the inmate and his accomplices for animal abuse.
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