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    Top 10 Bizarre Ways People Have Smuggled Items Into Prison

    Stories of daring prison escapes are a part of our culture. Jails house dangerous criminals who go to any lengths to break out of the system. But there is also something beyond getting out of a life behind bars.

    People smuggle goods into prison to make their lives a bit more comfortable. You might have seen cartoons of a man dressing up as a girl to get something inside. Well, the truth is stranger than fiction. Here are 10 instances of insane ways people smuggled things into prison.

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    Top 10 Bizarre Instances Of People Smuggling Items In Prison

    10. Saws In Bakery Items

    Saw
    Saw

    An 1804 anthology of criminal behavior discusses an instance of prisoners trying to smuggle contraband concealed in bakery items. In England, gang member and pickpocket William Blewitt was sentenced to seven years for an undisclosed event. He was jailed on a prison ship bound for the United States. William talked to some inmates who had procured saw and files hidden in gingerbread. They planned to use them to escape. But Willaim told the captain and the plan failed. He was pardoned and returned to his life of crime.

    9. Guns In Cake

    Cake
    Cake

    In 1909 Los Angeles, a Mr. Humley was arrested for passing a forged cheque. While jailed and awaiting trial, he was sent two cakes. One of them was frosted with chocolate icing and the other with white icing. The sheriff suspected the package as they were unusually heavy. They were cut open and it contained half of a 38 caliber revolver. Humley had planned to reassemble the gun, and threaten and kill the guards to escape. But he was caught and sent to seven years at Folsom prison.

    8. Drugs In Food Items

    Banana
    Banana

    In Malta, at the Corradino Correctional Facility, jail officials seized a banana stuffed with a cardboard tube of heroin. The smugglers managed to escape the radar, while the inmates set to receive it paid the price. They were given an extra 11 months in detention. At Tripoli’s Tyre Prison, officials had confiscated 16 potatoes brought for an inmate. The normal-looking food items were for something sinister. They were stuffed with hashish and the smuggler was taken into custody.

    7. Partner In Crime

    Cockroach
    Cockroach

    In 1938, two prisoners were in solitary confinement at a prison in Amarillo, Texas. They kept getting cigarettes which puzzled the country jailer Dick Vaughn. Later, another prisoner unveiled the trick. They had taught a cockroach to carry a cigarette and matches on its back. The multi-legged insect would move through the cracks in the wall that led to the solitary cellblock. Dick was really impressed by this trick and he decided to release them from solitary confinement.

    6. Prison Cat 

    Mexican Cat
    Cat

    A cockroach is not the only animal people have used to try to deliver illicit goods. In the northeast region of Brazil, guards at a medium-security prison noticed something. They saw a stray cat with a bag strapped to its middle. They immediately detained the furry animal and found two saws, two concrete drills, and a headset. They also found a memory card, a cell phone, and batteries in the bag. The cat was a familiar visitor and guards thought it was raised by inmates.

    5. Bird Couriers

    Pigeon

    In 2009, prisoners in a jail located in southeastern Brazil reportedly bred carrier pigeons inside their cell. The birds were smuggled out of the prison, outfitted with mobile phone parts from outside. They were then released. Because of their nature to fly back home, the pigeons returned to jail. At least two pigeons were caught with illicit goods. At a prison in New Zealand, dead birds were stuffed with methamphetamine. They would then throw the dead birds over the prison wall into the exercise area.

    4. Coloring Book 

    Coloring Book
    Coloring Book

    In New Jersey, the relatives of inmates dissolved the drug suboxone into a paste. They then painted it on the pages of a coloring book. The gift was mailed to prison with “To Daddy” written on the book to wary off suspicion. But the prison had a known issue with drugs traveling through drawing books. One of the books upon arrival was confiscated and both the prisoners and their family members have faced charges. Talk about bizarre ways to smuggle something.

    3. Methadone

    Drugs stuffed in a sausage
    Drugs stuffed in a sausage

    A Kentucky inmate named Michael Jones was charged with murder after one of his cellmates died because of an overdose of methadone. Jones was in jail over a DUI charge and was out on a court-ordered furlough. When he made a return to the jail, Jones brought back a pair of underwear with him. They were soaked in liquid methadone. He tore them into pieces and shared them with his fellow jail friends. But unlike many, he was eventually caught by the officials.

    2. Muscle Power

    Football
    Football

    This hard-to-believe story occurred at the Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan. Christen D. Moore once tried to throw a football filled with cell phones, pot, and heroin in the prisoner’s exercise yard. But unfortunately, the ball was heavier than normal and only made it over the fence. It was recovered by the prison staff and Moore was convicted of furnishing contraband to a prisoner.

    1. Hand Grenade

    Hand grenade
    Hand grenade

    In 2006, a grenade was detonated in the Columbia jail. It killed five inmates and injured 20 others. Officials were stunned when they got to know the truth. A visitor named Linda Alvarado delivered the explosive. She hid it in her private part to escape the security. In fact, women inserting and trying to carry illegal items is a common practice. There is even a slang term for it called ‘prison pocket.’ Since guards at the Columbia prison were not allowed to inspect women’s genitals, Linda succeeded in her mission.

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