Criminals are now reportedly using dead rats to smuggle drugs and cellphones inside prisons.
Rats in prisons aren’t a new thing, but these are furry rodents we’re talking about – not jailhouse snitches.
Dead rats are being used to smuggle drugs and phones into Dorset prison, it has emerged. WARNING: Some readers may find the images in this article shocking. Read more: https://t.co/HqoLgXeaIo pic.twitter.com/oZUPP1Knt9
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According to a report by Fox News, inmates in England are receiving packages in the prison grounds in the form of rats stuffed with drugs and other contraband. The rats are apparently killed, cut open, stuffed with a ‘care package’ and then stitched back up.
WARNING: Graphic images.
A number of stuffed rats were found thrown over the prison walls, said the Ministry of Justice on Monday. Prison officials at HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset noticed that the dead rats on the ground had been sewn up across the belly, which encouraged them to investigate by cutting them open.
Inside they found a multitude of smuggled products, including cannabis, tobacco, cell phones, chargers, cigarette papers, and more.
“Intelligence suggests the rats were thrown over the prison fence by organized criminals, who coordinated with an offender on the inside who was waiting to collect them,” said the Ministry of Justice.
Once tossed over the fence, it the contraband was taken in to be sold amongst the inmates.
The fact that these criminals are now using the animals for business purposes, “illustrates how far smugglers will go to get drugs into prisons”.
Prisoners in the past have had similar schemes, using stuffed tennis balls, pigeons and even drones to create drops inside the prison walls.
Increasing tensions within the English prisons have furthered the demand for more psychoactive substances, with advocates for improving the system saying that a number of things need to change inside the walls.
Budget cuts and reduced staffing of prison officers has led to a rise in gangs, drug use and overall violence. A recent study showed that 1 out of every 6 inmates would develop a drug habit after entering prison.
It was noted that drug offenses for prisoners increased by nearly 25% over the past year, with over 13,000 instances of drug confiscation over England and Wales facilities.
The Minister of the prison promised to increase efforts to crack down on new smuggling methods.
“Drugs and mobile phones behind bars put prisoners, prison officers and the public at risk,” Minister Rory Steward said.
“By toughening security and searching, we can ensure prisons are places of rehabilitation that will prevent further reoffending and keep the public safe.”