A drug-filled soccer ball was thrown at a North Carolina prison – but failed to hit its target, officials said.
Prison workers intercepted the balloon this month before it hit an inmate at Morrison Correctional Facility, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety wrote in a social media post.
A photo posted to Facebook on Sunday shows the shell of a soccer ball next to a bag overflowing with a shredded brown substance.
Officials say the ball was hiding marijuana and tobacco. Also inside was a tennis ball that contained methamphetamine, North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesperson Brad Deen told McClatchy News in an email.
Officials said the football was discovered “off-limits” outside of Morrison’s “medium-duty” men’s prison. The facility is located in Richmond County, approximately 80 miles east of Charlotte.
“The ball was thrown over the outside fence, landing in the space between it and the inside fence…” said Deen. “To prevent overturns, we have raised fences at several facilities and installed netting. “
The “intended recipient”, an inmate, was not found in possession of the drugs, officials said. As of Monday morning, no one had been charged in this case and an investigation was underway.
This is not the first time that officials have reported finding contraband hidden near a prison.
The football post was part of a social media series called #NotOnMyWatch, which featured photos of electronics wrapped in camouflage duct tape and weed-covered packages of marijuana, according to the Department of Security. North Carolina Public.
Earlier this month, South Carolina police said a group with a throwing device planned to direct drug-filled tennis balls at a jail.