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article imageCat busted for trying to smuggle cellphones into Russian prison

By Leigh Goessl     Jun 5, 2013 in Odd News
Guards at a Russian prison nabbed a cat trying to make its way inside the jail through the fences. The animal had cellphones and adaptors strapped to its body.
Guards on duty at the Correctional Colony No. 1 in Verkhny Chov last week busted a cat trying to "smuggle" cellphone equipment into the prison. The black and white feline had two mobile phones and two adaptors strapped to its body while trying to cross prison perimeters at the prison, located northeast of Moscow.
"When the packages were unwrapped, guards found objects prohibited in the penitentiary facility — two cell phones with batteries and chargers," the Republic of Komi penitentiary service department said in a statement posted on its website.
According to the Telegraph, on May 31, the guards nabbed the cat while it was on the prison's fence. Officials say the equipment was "clearly destined" for inmates.
Russian media RIA Novosti reported this is the first time a cat has been caught trying to smuggle mobile phones, a prohibited item for inmates.
"The prison colony is at a loss. Nothing like this has happened in the prison's history," officials said.
Although, it was acknowledged that cats are sometimes used by Russian inmates to smuggle drugs.
The Mirror reported the federal prison service released an image of the cat smuggler.
Screenshot of cat nabbed by guards at the fence of a Russian prison. The feline had been  carrying  ...
Screenshot of cat nabbed by guards at the fence of a Russian prison. The feline had been 'carrying' cellphones into the prison.
Mirror
According to media reports, the feline's fate is not known. Nor is it clear how the cat was supposed to find the inmates who were expecting the phone equipment to arrive.
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