Feline drug smuggler escapes from high-security prison

A cat taken in by Sri Lankan law enforcement on Saturday for smuggling illegal contraband into a high-security prison has now reportedly escaped.

The felonious feline was nabbed on Welikada Prison grounds with 1.7 grams of heroin, two SIM cards and a memory chip, rolled into a small plastic bag and tucked into its collar, according to local news sources.

Officers had hoped the cat would somehow lead them back to the drug den from whence it came. Unfortunately, the adept animal made a break while the holding cell door was open, as guards were attempting to feed it. Local authorities will not seek further investigation of the criminal cat.

The scheme isn’t the first animal-related smuggling incident. Sri Lanka’s Department of Prisons recently uncovered a caper conducted by criminal ringleader Angoda Lokka, who died while in hiding in July. During a raid of Lokka’s farm hideaway, police discovered an air rifle, bullets and a caged eagle, which was believed to have been used to smuggle drugs on the boss’s behalf in a suburb of Colombo, on the western coast of the island country in the Indian Ocean.

A group of suspected accomplices — a man and two women — were arrested on charges of illegally cremating Lokka’s body and forging identity documents for the wanted criminal, according to New Indian Express.

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