Bow and arrow, fishing line play key role in efforts to smuggle drugs into jails


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David Wayne Jordan, 36, said he was squirrel hunting with his bow and arrow.

But that excuse didn’t fly after a Whatcom County sheriff’s employee allegedly saw him shoot a marijuana-laden arrow at a Washington state jail, reports the Associated Press.

Jordan, who fled the scene but was tracked down after the worker took note of his license plate, was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing law enforcement and an investigation was launched into the apparent attempt to introduce contraband into the Bellingham facility.

The Bellingham Herald broke the story and provides further details about the Tuesday incident.

In other recent news, authorities slapped the cuffs on three Florida “fishermen” late last month after saying they discovered that they had used a homemade pole and line to reel up bags of contraband, including marijuana and ordinary cigarettes to the sixth floor of the Pinellas County Jail.

The suspects were apprehended after the line snapped, resulting in a panicked call, on a recorded jailhouse phone, from an inmate to a man accused of hooking the contraband on the line outside the facility, according to Scripps Media and the the Tampa Bay Times.

Up to nine earlier attempts may have been successful, officials said, as an investigation continued.

Other inmates have taken an even bolder approach in an effort to enhance their daily lives.

Late last year, two prisoners in a federal detention center in Chicago managed to smuggle themselves out of the facility, rappelling down at least 15 stories on a rope that was reportedly made out of bedsheets and dental floss.

Initially successful, their escape didn’t last long—both were recaptured within weeks.

A federal judge took the incident into account when later sentencing one of the two to 20 years for bank robbery, saying that it showed Kevin Conley wasn’t a good candidate for rehabilitation.

Now 39, he agreed earlier this month to take a plea on the resulting escape case and will be sentenced in October, the Chicago Tribune reported.

An escape charge was dropped against the other man, Joseph “Jose” Banks. It isn’t clear from news reports whether he has been sentenced yet in his bank robbery case.

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