Detained for smuggling heroin, cat escapes high-security prison

In this handout picture taken on August 1, 2020, and released by Sri Lanka Police, a prison-officer shows a cat detained at the Welikada Prison in Colombo. (AFP0

A cat detained at Sri Lanka’s main prison while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and cell phone SIM cards has escaped, media reports said Monday.

The feline was detected by jail intelligence officials on Saturday at the high-security Welikada Prison, a police official said.

He 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.

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But it escaped on Sunday from a prison room where it was kept, the Aruna newspaper said.

There was no immediate comment from prison authorities.

A prison-officer shows a cat detained at Welikada Prison in Colombo. (AFP)

A prison-officer shows a cat detained at Welikada Prison in Colombo. (AFP)

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.

Police last week seized an eagle allegedly used by drug traffickers to distribute narcotics in a suburb of Colombo.

Last Update: Tuesday, 04 August 2020 KSA 01:29 - GMT 22:29