Talk about some inventive and strange antics.
Guards grew suspicious when they saw the dead rats had stitches on their bellies
LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – Dead rats are being stuffed with drugs, phones and cash and thrown over the walls of a British prison to get contraband to inmates, the government said on Monday.
Guards at Guys Marsh prison in Dorset, southwest England, grew suspicious when they found the bodies of three rats with long stitches along their abdomens, officials said.
They discovered the animals had been disemboweled and filled with five mobile phones and chargers, three SIM cards, cigarette papers and a large amount of drugs including cannabis and a synthetic substitute as well as tobacco, they added.
“This find shows the extraordinary lengths to which criminals will go to smuggle drugs into prison, and underlines why our work to improve security is so important,” Britain’s prisons minister, Rory Stewart, said.
The government did not say when the rats were found.
Seizures of drugs rose by 23 percent and seizures of mobile phones by 15 percent in the 12 months ending March 2018. In that period, just over 20 percent of tests of inmates were positive for drugs, including new psychoactive substances.
Criminals have in the past tried to use tennis balls, pigeons and drones to bring contraband into prisons.