A cat has been caught attempting to smuggle drugs into a prison in Moldova, officials say. In a Reuters video posted (via Yahoo News) Oct. 23, it was reported that the cat was carrying marijuana secreted in its collar by an as yet unknown trainer/dealer and destined to an equally unknown inmate contact inside Penitenciarului Nr 9 prison.
Guards became suspicious when the gray and white cat, a frequent visitor to the prison, showed up with an odd-looking collar. After nabbing the feline, which came and went through a hole in the prison fence, guards disengaged the collar and found two packets of marijuana.
Authorities believe that the cat's owner had trained it to deliver drugs to people inside the prison. Investigators also think the cat's master lives in the nearby town of Pruncul.
A video of the captured feline was posted online by the prison ministry of Moldova.
As the Daily Mail reported, the capture of the drug-smuggling cat isn't the only episode of such an operation in the past several months. The Moscow Times reported in August 2012 that a cat trained to smuggle drugs -- in this case heroin -- was caught in South Russia's Rostov region.
A similar case of a heroin-smuggling cat was reported in Tatarstan in 2010. That particular feline was found out when it was killed by a closing prison door.
Cat smuggling isn't limited to drugs, either. Russian authorities discovered a cat with cell phones and chargers taped to it trying to get into a prison in northern Russia in June. And in northeastern Brazil, a cat was caught sneaking through the gates of a prison in Arapiraca city. It had a saw and drill taped to its body.
Moldova is an Eastern European country situated between Romania to the west and the Ukraine to the east.