Prison contraband is like currency. If you've got anything of value, from drugs to cigarettes, you've got something to trade. And if you've got a cell phone, you can keep running your criminal empire. So as prisons crack down on stuff getting smuggled in, inmates have had to find more and more creative ways of doing the smuggling.
Jails around the world have seen everything from contraband-carrying crossbows and hollowed out Bibles, to carrier pigeons and coloring books. All of them have been carefully rigged to carry forbidden items and not get caught. Of course, they all WERE caught - and their creativity (or lack thereof) was displayed for the world to see.Here are some of the craziest (failed) ways people have tried to smuggle stuff into and out of prisons.
A Coloring Book Full of Drugs
The Cell Phone Watch
A Specially Bred Escape Cat
On New Year's Eve 2012, officials at a prison in Brazil spotted a cat with a veritable arsenal of escape tools taped to it. The kitty, which was a familiar fixture in the prison yard, had two saws, two drills, a headset, a memory card, a cell phone, three batteries, and a mobile phone charger all tightly wrapped around it. Brazilian police suspected the inmates had raised the cat themselves, possibly to help prepare for an escape attempt.Officials at a Russian prison found the same thing - a cat trained to carry cell phones and sneak them into the jail.