It was a far cry from purring crime.
A drug trafficker’s fluffy white cat was caught smuggling narcotics in a Panama prison, authorities said.
The feline was carrying the contraband in a pocket tied around his neck when he was arrested outside Nueva Esperanza prison in Colon province on Friday, AFP reported.
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“The animal had a cloth tied around the neck” which contained packets wrapped in white powder, leaves and “plant material,” said Andres Gutierrez, head of the Panama prison system.
The substances were likely cocaine and marijuana, another official said.
Local prosecutors said they have opened an investigation into the use of animals to smuggle illegal substances into the Nueva Esperanza facility, which houses more than 1,700 prisoners.
Meanwhile, the criminal cat in question will be taken to a pet adoption center, prosecutors said.
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This is not the first time that creatures have been used as drug traffickers by prisoners in this Central American country.
Authorities have already intercepted attempts to deliver drugs by carrier pigeons and even drones.
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