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Feline Marijuana Courier Nabbed in Moldova

The notion of a marijuana-delivering cat sounds like the premise of a show on Cartoon Network's stoner-friendly "Adult Swim," but such a magical feline really exists in Moldova. Although cats are not exactly known for following instructions, someone in Moldova managed to train a cat to smuggle cannabis into a prison. Considering the level of decay of Moldova's infrastructure, it is not surprising that the prison in the village of Pruncul had a hole in its fence, big enough for a cat to pass through. When guards became suspicious of a cat regularly making trips in and out of the prison, they noticed that the felis domesticus was wearing a collar with a compartment containing small bags of marijuana.

So far, the human who sent the cat on the prison ganja runs has yet to be identified, but I am really curious as to how he or she managed to train the cat to do this. If catnip were used as an inducement, it would be just too perfect. Certainly, such a cooperative cat would have a future as an animal actor, if only the bleak and desolate Romanian enclave in the former Soviet Union had a film industry.

This is not the first time a cat has been caught smuggling items into a prison in the former East Bloc. In June of this year, a cat was caught smuggling cell phones and chargers into the Orwellian named "Penal Colony Number 1" in Northern Russia.

Matt McClenahen is a criminal defense lawyer and felinophile in State College, Pennsylvania, home of Penn State University. He has represented countless defendants in marijuana cases, but never one involving a cat.

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