Everyday drugs and other contraband make its way into jails around the world. Because of tight security and advanced screening methods, inmates have become more creative in finding ways to smuggle in drugs, cell phones, weapon etc past the prison guards. How people smuggle stuff into prison is often risky, often ingenious and often entertaining. Here are 19 cases of bizarre prison smuggling.
Condom stuffed with 30 items crammed up his anus
Neil Lansing, 34, was jailed after being sentenced in Drug Court on a possession charge. During a “routine search of inmates” at night, jailers “observed part of a condom sticking out of the defendant’s anus.” After the item was dislodged, deputies discovered it contained, 17 round blue pills marked “54/199”, 1 cigarette, 6 matches, 1 flint, 1 empty syringe with eraser over needle, 1 lip balm container, 1 condom, 1 CVS receipt, 1 paper coupon.
Keistered cell phone
On February 4, 2016, an inmate at HMP Manchester complained of abdominal pain. Prison staff rushed Stephen Cavanagh, 32, to the health care wing. Fearing gallstones, they administered an X-ray. The scan produced a vivid picture of a mobile phone hidden in the inmate’s anal passage. Correctional officers led Cavanagh to a segregation unit, where he was forced to pass the phone.
Cocaine in foreskin
After being arrested on a drug charge, Antoine Banks was searched before he entered Louisville Metro Corrections. Prison officers patted him down and discovered a small bag of cocaine in his boxers. This led to a strip search where the officers found an even smaller bag lodged in the foreskin of his penis. Banks was then charged with trafficking controlled substances.
Smuggle prisoner in a suitcase
Police in Chetumal, Mexico say a woman was caught trying to sneak her common-law husband out of a Mexican prison in a suitcase following a conjugal visit. The woman seemed nervous and so the guards checked the bags of the 19-year-old Maria del Mar Arjona and found inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina curled up inside in the fetal position.
The plan was for Christen D. Moore to throw a football filled with cell phones, pot and heroin from outside the prison and into the inmate exercise yard at Cotton Correction Facility in Jackson, MI. Plan mastermind Myles Alexander was primed to recover it. While Moore’s throw of the unusually heavy ball made it over the first fence, it did not clear the second one. The ball was recovered by guards and Moore was convinced of furnishing contraband to a prisoner.
Fifty shades of misconduct
While working as a substance abuse nurse at HMP Wealstun, Kimberly Hinde fell for Lee Stephenson. According to investigators, Hinde would spend extended periods with Stephenson in private “consultation.” Afterward, she would return looking “flustered.” Prison officials searched Stephenson’s cell and discovered correspondence discussing ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and their relationship as well as a copy of the book. Hinde initially denied the relationship. However, she ultimately pled guilty to misconduct in a public office. The plea was contingent on the fact that the relationship was “overly familiar” but not sexual. She was sentenced for nine months, suspended for two years, and given 200 hours of unpaid work. The court found that Hinde continued her relationship with Stephenson even after being suspended and used an alias in correspondence to avoid identification.
Grenade in a vagina
After a grenade was detonated in a Colombian jail – killing five inmates and injuring 20 others – officials were shocked to learn how the explosive made its way into the prison. The grenade was smuggled in by a woman who hid the explosive in her vagina. Since guards at the prison were not allowed to inspect the genitals of female visitors, the smuggler was able to bring the weapon inside without issue. She then removed it, passed it along to her inmate contact, and was able to leave without being caught.
Gun under fat rolls
A 500-lb. inmate at a Texas prison was able to sneak a gun past prison guards after cleverly using his fat flab to his advantage. George Vera smuggled an unloaded 9mm pistol past several frisks and searches by wedging the gun between his fat folds.
Palestinian prison paternity
In 2013, West bank fertility doctors announced that 10 Palestinian women had become impregnated through sperm smuggled out of Israeli prisons. “I don’t know how they do it, and I don’t want to know how they do it,” reported Dr. Salem Abu Kahizaran. Sperm arrives at the fertility clinic in bottles, plastic cups, and other vessels. In ideal conditions, sperm can survive for 48 hours before it has to be frozen. Unfortunately, many of the samples arrive unviable.
Melting drugs in coloring books
In 2011, a trio of inmates in a New Jersey jail was charged with using their loved ones to smuggle Soboxone, a heroin addiction treatment which is considered a controlled substance, into prison using a very creative method. The Soboxone was melted into a paste, and then painted onto the pages of a children’s coloring book. The drug coated pages all had the inscription, “To Daddy”.
Stash cell phone in backside
A Mexican prison gang all got caught hiding cell phones inside their backsides. Guards were tipped off by one of the gang member’s mother who complained to them that her son couldn’t get good reception in his cell. After not finding any cell phones in their bunks, they had them all x-rayed, where they found the devices neatly packed away. No wonder her son had crappy reception.
In February 2017, guards at a Brazilian prison captured pigeon carrying a mobile phone. Officials from Sao Paolo’s Franco da Rocha prison believe the bird was attempting to smuggle the contraband communication device to an inmate. Guards were alerted when they spotted an inmate attempting to catch the pigeon. A pouch containing a mobile phone and a battery was found firmly attached to the bird’s body.
French kiss for father-son
When Donald Denney couldn’t find a woman with clean record to smuggle heroin into his son’s prison, he saw no other choice, he’d have to hide the drugs in his anus and then discretely give it to his son via a French kiss. This intricate plan was passed along from Denney to his incarcerated son, Donald Jr., over a police-monitored prison telephone. The scheme would involve Denney entering a Colorado federal prison, removing the golf ball sized baggie of heroin from his anus, putting it into his mouth, and then transferring the drugs to his son through a casual open mouth kiss.
Los Angeles County Sheriff deputy Henry Marin, 27, attempted to bring a heroin-stuffed burrito into a courthouse jail for an inmate.
After an inmate died from a methadone overdose at the Jessamine Country Detention Centre in Kentucky, authorities discovered the unique way his cellmate, Michael Jones smuggled in the drugs despite a strip search. Jones was able to sneak in the liquid methadone, a colorless, odorless substance, by soaking it into his underwear. He then tore his underwear into pieces and gave it to his cellmates.
Cell phone smuggling via bows and arrows
In November 2004, Swedish authority spotted a man shooting three arrows into a high security prison yard. Attached to the arrows were two phones and a charger. Their plan to use the phones to stage a prison break was incredibly unsuccessful as the archer was arrested almost immediately and sent to prison himself.
Drugs under her weaves
Tiffany Scurry was visiting an inmate in a Florida prison when prison guards discovered something strange in her hair. Scurry was subjected to a routine pat down when officers discovered something most women don’t have on top of their heads, 30 Oxycontin and ecstacy pills hidden underneath her weave. She was caught almost immediately, leading the police to her car where they found a large stash of marijuana.
Gun in rectum
Michael Leon Ward from North Carolina was arrested and apparently stashed a .38 barrel revolver in his rectum. According to police, the unloaded 10-inch weapon was not discovered until after the suspect had been booked into a cell in the county jail and had a thorough strip search. Thankfully the gun was unloaded.
An Irish nun found herself in the midst of a strange case involving smuggled contraband after she agreed to bring a birthday cake to a prison inmate. The nun, Sister Eithne, was stunned when the cake was discovered to contain a cell phone. Prison guards later interrogated Sister Eithne, but were satisfied that she was simply an unwitting accomplice only looking to do a good deed as prison chaplain.