'Narcocat' intercepted with drug delivery for prison
Rue, an eartipped "Blue Collar" cat surveils her workplace on June 20, 2019 at a garden center in Alexandria, Virginia. Rue is an employee of Greenstreet Gardens where she works as a mouser. She was given to the garden center through the Blue Collar Cats program which places cats not social enough to live as indoor pets. Businesses in the DC metropolitan area can "hire" these animals for their rodent-deterring services in return for a safe shelter and regular food. Hiring a Blue Collar Cat is a greener, cheaper and more effective alternative to toxic pesticides. The mousers are eartipped to be easily recognized and rarely come in contact with humans but excell in rodent control so are a helpful asset for the community. Over time, cats may become friendlier around humans as they grow accustomed to their presence.
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'Narcocat' intercepted with drug delivery for prison

(Agence France-Presse) - April 20, 2021 - 12:08pm

PANAMA — Authorities in Panama on Friday intercepted an unlikely smuggler, a fluffy white cat, bearing an assortment of drugs in a pouch tied to its body as it tried to enter a prison.

The feline felon was stopped outside the Nueva Esperanza jail, which houses more than 1,700 prisoners, in the Caribbean province of Colon, north of the capital Panama City.

"The animal had a cloth tied around its neck" that contained wrapped packages of white powder, leaves and "vegetable matter", according to Andres Gutierrez, head of the Panama Penitentiary System.

They were likely cocaine, crack and marihuana, according to another official.

This is not the first such attempted critter crime.

Prisoners use food to lure animals to them, once the creatures had been loaded with drugs by people on the outside.

The office of the drugs prosecutor of Colon said on Twitter it had opened an investigation into the use of animals for smuggling illegal substances into the Nueva Esperanza Prison.

It posted photographs of the drugs, and of the cat caught in the act.

The animal will be taken to a pet adoption center, according to prosecutor Eduardo Rodriguez.

Panama has some 18,000 inmates in 23 prisons, most of them overcrowded.

On previous occasions, authorities have intercepted attempted drug deliveries using homing pigeons and even drones.

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