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Brazilian prisoners caught using mouse as drug mule

Who knew mice could be trained this way?


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 6, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 4:45 pm CDT

In a scheme that could have been scripted for a Frank Darabont-directed movie starring Tom Hanks, a bunch of prisoners in Brazil were caught using a mouse as a mule to shuttle drugs between jail cells.

As UPI reports, officials for the Barra da Grota prison in Araguaina, Brazil, discovered a mouse scurrying through the prison with drugs attached to its tail. A subsequent investigation uncovered 29 packets of marijuana and 23 packages of cocaine in the prison.

“They attached a hook to the mouse’s tail and then used it to carry the drugs and other goods from one cell to another,” Gean Carlos Gomes, director of the prison, told G1. “When the animal arrived at its destination, the prisoner took the mouse and removed the hook from its tail.”

Sounds pretty unbelievable until you see what the mouse can do:

Oh, sorry, those are actually the exploits of Mr. Jingles, co-star of the The Green Mile. Here’s what the Brazilian mouse actually looks like:

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While it’s unclear what kind of punishment the prisoners who used the mouse for nefarious means will face, UPI reports that prison officials released the mouse outside the prison walls. Here’s hoping that its time in prison didn’t turn it on to the criminal life. 

Rodent recidivism rates, as we all know, are already way too high.

H/T Arbroath |Photo via angeladellatore/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Nov 6, 2015, 2:47 pm CST