A cat detained at Sri Lanka's main prison while carrying drugs and cell phone SIM cards has escaped.
The feline was detected by jail intelligence officials on August 1 at the high-security Welikada Prison, a police official said.
Nearly two grams of heroin, two SIM cards and a memory chip were found in a small plastic bag tied around the cat's neck.
According to police, the cat was trained by drug traffickers, who were also a part of the same cartel that was caught using an eagle to smuggle drugs in a suburb of Colombo.
Investigators were hoping the cat could lead them to the smugglers’ den but the felonious feline escaped on Sunday (local time) from its prison room when the guards came in to feed it, the Aruna newspaper reported.
Chandana Ekanayake, the Commissioner of the Department of Prisons, told The Indian Express since the pandemic inmates had been going to extreme lengths to smuggle narcotics as visitors are no longer allowed to the prison.
The prison had reported an increase in incidents of people throwing small packets of drugs, cell phones and phone chargers over the walls in recent weeks.
Sri Lanka is battling a major drug problem with some anti-narcotics detectives also implicated in selling confiscated drugs.
The eagle was just one of accomplices associated with the underworld crime boss Angoda Lokka, who reportedly died in July.
Authorities have said they will not search for the for the feline delinquent.
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