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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tennis Ball Abuses

SYDNEY ) -- People are filling tennis balls with illegal drugs and using racquets to hit them into Australian jails, feeding a strong appetite among inmates for narcotics, prison authorities said on Wednesday.

Hitting and throwing drug-filled tennis balls over the razor wire of prison walls are among imaginative smuggling techniques identified by an inquiry into drug-taking in jails in the state of South Australia. One smuggler even used a crossbow to fire drugs over a prison wall.

Lobbing tennis balls is "the easiest way to get it over the fence," a spokesman for the South Australian prisons minister told Reuters.

"They pack the drug and then wrap it (in plastic film) and then put it in a tennis ball, and then you just literally throw it or hit the ball over the fence," spokesman Keith Blyth added in commenting on the official inquiry's findings.

The South Australia government plans may use drug-sniffing dogs to patrol outside jails for people with suspicious tennis balls, Blyth said.