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Prison Inmates Use Tennis Balls To Smuggle Drugs Into New Orleans Jail

tennis-ballInmates at Louisiana’s Orleans Parish Prison (You locked up in OPP? Yeah, you know me!) thought they had come up with a clever way to sneak drugs and other contraband into the jail: hiding the prohibited goods inside tennis balls.

But they didn’t count on Sheriff Marlin Gusman and his deputies. They’ve been intercepting the airborne tennis balls, which are thrown over perimeter fences by friends and family of inmates. Over a dozen people have been arrested as the result of the investigation of this scheme.

“They make contact with incarcerated and people inside and throw it over the jail wall,” Gusman said. “They cut the ball open and put drugs, pills, and (it’s an) easy throw to get it over the wall.”

Sure, this is the result of good police work, but they should have known something was wrong when Martina Hingis kept showing up to play tennis.

Drugs, Contraband Smuggled Into Jail In Tennis Balls [WDSU]

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