Inmates at a prison in England were caught with cannabis and meth stuffed into tennis balls, which they then threw over the fence.

The ottawa citizen reports that a football packed with cannabis and a tennis ball stuffed with meth were intercepted after being thrown onto prison property.



When a football stuffed with marijuana and a tennis ball stuffed with methamphetamine were tossed over the wall of a North Carolina jail, the planned play fell short when the contraband was caught. (Mississippi Department of Corrections photo)

Last week, guards at the Morrison Correctional Institution in Rockingham discovered suspicious parcels “out-of-bounds” between the medium-security prison’s inner and outside gates.

When the guards checked things out, they discovered “tobacco, marijuana, and crystal meth” hidden within, according to a tweet from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety this week (NCDPS).

A football has been ripped open along its stitching, as well as two shopping bags filled with loose tobacco, a baggie of marijuana, and a cut-open tennis ball, according to the picture that accompanied the post.

The witty tweet says, “Interception!”

Not only did the package fail to reach its intended destination, but authorities were able to connect the effort to a criminal, according to the department. The bootlegged bud was not delivered, according to the tweet.

An NCDPS spokesman told The Washington Newsday that no charges would be brought since the prisoner was not in possession of the contraband, but that the inquiry will continue.

According to a department spokesman, corrections officers intercept “quite a bit of contraband” thrown over facility walls. As a result, the fence at several sites has been increased, and netting has been installed to assist deter similar efforts.

Cannabis possession is no longer illegal in North Carolina, despite the fact that it has been decriminalized. Possessing 0.5 to 1.5 ounces (14 to 43 grams) of marijuana carries a potential sentence of one to 45 days in prison and a fine of US$1,000 ($1,270). Possession of 1.5 ounces (43 grams) to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) is a crime punishable by months in prison and a punishment of US$1,000 ($1,27), according to FindLaw.

However, “corrections police rushed to the location, seized all the contraband, and were able to identify the smugglers’ vehicle” after being notified by the sensing equipment. 

The Morrison Correctional Institution is far from the only jail where drug trafficking linked to football has been thwarted.

Of about 1:30 a.m. in December, nearly two dozen parcels were thrown over a distant portion of the perimeter fence at South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI). The veil of darkness, however, was insufficient to fool the prison’s detecting equipment, and the contraband was quickly detected.

“Some of the illicit items were sewed into footballs, which easily passed SMCI’s twin 18-foot-high (5.5-metre) fences,” according to the discovery.

According to a story from the Detroit Free Press, in 2014, a guy attempting to throw a drug-filled football into the yard of a Michigan jail missed his target when it fell between two fences. The guy was caught before he could drive away when a correctional guard saw him tossing the ball containing heroin, marijuana, tobacco, three mobile phones, and chargers in the prison parking lot.

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