5 Things You Didn't Know About Smuggling Drugs into Prison

5 Things You Didn't Know About Smuggling Drugs into Prison

Growing up, I never once thought that I would ever intentionally commit a serious crime. I was a good kid with good morals. Life, though, will sometimes put you in a position that forces you to take crazy risks. My risk just happened to involve sneaking drugs into jail by tying them to my penis.

No, I wasn't smuggling in recreational stuff that would let me start my own narcotics empire on the cell block. This was medication that my doctor said I needed, but that jail wouldn't allow me to have. And that's how I wound up going from a (mostly) law-abiding citizen to committing a felony overnight. By tying a bundle of pain medication to my dick.

If this all sounds like a very stupid story, I'm glad I have so far accurately characterized the events. Here's how it happened:

Jail Has Stupid Rules

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Through a series of bad decisions and disastrous luck, I wound up getting sentenced to a weekends-only jail term, which I'm guessing most of you didn't even know was a thing.

Basically, the police found a baggie of marijuana in my car (which was parked in my driveway -- the cop just randomly walked up, as if he was bored and figured it looked like a weed car). Since it was my first offense, I was given one year of probation, drug and alcohol treatment classes, 40 hours of community service, and three full weekends in the slammer. So, yes, they sometimes do jail terms like detention in The Breakfast Club.

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Only in this case it's your cellmate who gives you the horns.

Later, I was riding my bike, enjoying my last hours of freedom and rethinking my life choices. That's the last thing I remember before I woke up in the middle of the street, covered in blood. I'd been hit by a car, my arm broken at a complete right angle. The courts actually gave me an extra week before starting my jail time in order to undergo the necessary surgery to fix my obliterated limb. The weekend after my surgery, I was in a cast and under lockdown. And herein lies the problem:

I was on a regimen of about six Oxycontin a day as well as a muscle relaxer in order to manage the pain of recently having six screws, two bolts, and a metal plate shoved inside my arm. I thought I would be fine just bringing my pills and my prescriptions in with me to show that I needed them, and the guards or whoever would dole them out to me as needed during my stay. Imagine my delight when the officer informed me that I wouldn't be getting my medication until they heard from my physician -- who, like most doctors, was not in the office on weekends. I was so fucked that the officer actually said, "Looks like you're kinda fucked."

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"None of you have a future, and you will all die alone. Thus concludes today's motivational speech."

See, when you go to jail, they can't just accept prescriptions and pills that you bring in yourself, because for all they know you forged the scripts and those pills are frozen cocaine coated with super acid. Checking with your doctor and ordering the meds themselves is standard procedure. This sounds fantastic on paper, but it isn't exactly a fast process -- just ask all the people who have died in prison waiting for their medication to be authorized. (You can't actually ask them, because they died.)

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"'Waah, I'm lifeless and can't move or speak, waaah.' God, you corpses are such divas."

The jail where I was staying threw in an additional hurdle requiring me to be physically present when they actually received my doctor's authorization, which was difficult because, as I mentioned, I was in prison only on the weekends, and my doctor was in the office only on weekdays. Sometimes jails have their own doctors who can look you over (who, wouldn't you know it, also don't work on the weekends), but if they decide you don't really need painkillers, you're pretty much stuck with frontier medicine, which is another way of saying "biting nearby objects and screaming into the callous night." Some facilities refuse to dispense narcotics at all, regardless of what any big-city doctors say.

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"Vicodin? Please -- a steady diet of prison loaf is all your patient needs to bounce back."

That whole first weekend was one of the most painful and exhausting experiences of my entire life. Imagine your whole arm slowly exploding with pain so excruciating that you can't think about anything else for three days straight, and also you're in jail. There was no relief, no sleep, and nothing to take my mind off of it. After what seemed like an eternity, I was released Sunday afternoon brimming with violent rage, which is presumably the exact result they were going for, because there is literally no other reason to treat a human being that way. Needless to say, I left the experience vowing to never go through that kind of torture again, but I still had two weekends to go.

You Start to Consider Shoving Things Up Your Ass

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If you've ever found yourself looking at a small baggie of pills and strategizing how to fit it into your asshole, then I apologize, because all of this is going to be familiar territory. I had snipped the edge off of a sandwich bag, filled it with pills, twisted it up, and tied a thread to it. I stopped and looked at the finished product for a while, thinking about all the life choices that had led me to being moments away from shoving a bunch of pills into my ass to be later retrieved and put into my mouth (and did I mention that the price of getting caught was up to four years in prison?).

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"We're gonna need a bigger butt."

After some consideration, it dawned on me: I could use the length of string to tie the baggie around my dick! This way, my magnificent girth would conceal the pills as they rested neatly between it and my balls. I found that, even if I was totally naked, the baggie was nearly impossible to see. Because lassoing narcotics to my dick seemed like an infinitely better plan than stowing them in my poop chamber, I changed tactics immediately, congratulating myself for my genius.

The mission was simple -- I'd show up to do my allotted weekend of hard time, with my medication nestled safely in the folds of my balls and penis. All I had to do was waltz in there, get patted down, and get to my bunk without having a nervous breakdown and giving myself away. And yes, it was worth risking years in the slammer rather than relive the bone-shrieking hell of the previous weekend. Consider that for a moment -- my pain level was so extreme that I was ready to spend half a decade in prison just to avoid going without medication for two days.

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"Happy cause you snuck it in?"
"Nah, I'm trying to shake it out."

Surviving the Pat-Down

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That Friday morning started off totally normal: I made breakfast, got dressed, and tied a little noose around my penis. By the time I arrived at the county jail, I was calm and collected. The felonious dong-garrote I had fashioned for myself didn't even seem to be there.

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Artist's rendition, except that twig should be a log. Ladies.

When you check into jail, the first thing they do is collect all your personal belongings, pat you down, and walk you to a booking area, which is a room where you sit and wait until it fills with enough people to actually take you into the cell blocks. This is also where you get the serious pat-down, where you strip down and they check every nook and cranny other than your actual butthole and that place between your dick and balls. It's nerve-wracking, standing naked in front of a police officer with a serious felony hiding just behind your penis, but amazingly, I was all clear.

I was seated on a bench across from three other men. The first guy was about my age and looked like the most normal person in the world (we will call him Normal Guy). Then there was a chubby, bearded black man who used every opportunity to remind us that we were in jail because of God's plan (we will call him Black Jesus). Then there was Hobgoblin, a crazy-eyed medicine ball of a man loudly in jail for a DUI at approximately 1 p.m.

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How he fit that up his ass, I'll never know.

The four of us sat there and chatted as we waited to be taken to our cells, sharing stories about what we were in for and eating our government-issued sack lunches like we were on the world's shittiest field trip. A pretty smooth operation, so far -- clearly I am one of history's great criminal masterminds. No need to read any further.

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It All Goes Horribly Wrong

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The conversation stopped when a few guards entered the room with a man that looked as though he were made entirely of biceps. He stared us all down individually, like he was determining which one of us would be the easiest to subdue and eat, and then sat by himself, occasionally talking back to officers and loudly proclaiming how much of a shithole the booking area was.

They started taking us in for medical evaluations, which basically means they took my temperature and asked if I had any diseases (you would think that someone might notice my hideously broken arm and suggest pain meds at this point, but you would be wrong). When I got back to the booking area, I realized I had to pee. This was out of the question, because going to the restroom meant an officer had to come watch me pee, and I couldn't risk him seeing the little white string wrapped around the base of my underpants cannon. I was going to have to wait until the rest of my fellow inmates finished their evaluations and pee in the cell block, where I could safely remove my baggie of drugs undetected.

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That stream of piss was the cleanest part of the block.

After about an hour of holding in a furious stream of urine, one of the officers announced that we would have to be placed in a confinement room while they lead a group of women through the booking area. By this time, my urge to pee was all I could think about, and I could feel my anxiety starting to creep up on me, which is bad when you're smuggling a crotch full of four years in prison. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I stood up to be walked to the confinement room and the string around my member tightened. My dick had quite literally hanged itself.

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I still cringe walking past butcher shops.

Normal Guy, Hobgoblin, Black Jesus, and I sat on one bench across from Crazy Hercules, who inexplicably refused to stop staring at Normal Guy. I looked out of the tiny window in the door and saw two officers corralling a group of six middle-aged Asian women shouting loudly at each other, and when I turned back, Crazy Hercules had pinned Normal Guy against a wall with one hand and snatched away his lunch sack with the other. He threw Normal Guy back down into his seat, hand still on his shoulder, and smashed the sack lunch against the wall. Crazy Hercules then promised to kill every one of us, and I got the distinct feeling he was a man of his word.

I was literally frozen, stuck in a tiny room about to pee my pants with a tiny string slowly strangling my dick to death, watching a man about to get murdered by a psychotic mutant. Thanks for everything, mom. You did your best.

Getting Away With It

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After what seemed like an eternity, an officer heard the commotion, walked slowly to the door, and casually signaled for another officer to let us out. They tackled Crazy Hercules into a wall and escorted the rest of us to an identical room next door. Another officer eventually came in and explained to us that Crazy Hercules was in jail for filming his friend's "suicide" and posting it on the Internet, which seems like it should have warranted not locking him in a room with a bunch of other readily murderable people.

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"Wake me when the killin' starts. It's the only fun part of this job."

After about another awful 15 minutes, we were patted down once again and brought to the cell blocks. I was assigned a bunk right next to Black Jesus and directly under Hobgoblin, which I was less than happy about, but I needed to get that baggie off before my dick suffocated and/or exploded.

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Just add ketchup.

I threw my blanket over my body and frantically started trying to untangle the knot around my now-numb penis. Fun fact: if your dong has been deprived of blood for a long enough time and then suddenly gets a huge rush of it, you get a boner faster than should be humanly possible, which is the exact opposite thing you want to happen when you're surrounded by a large group of men in jail.

Black Jesus had noticed my desperate fumbling and understandably asked what the hell I was doing. I briefly considered lying and saying that I was battering out a hasty orgasm, but I had to spend two days next to this guy, so I came clean. Surprisingly enough, he congratulated me on my drug-smuggling genius and offered me $50 and a ride home from jail on Sunday in exchange for two of my pills. From that point on, we were best friends.

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"Thank you for not Black-Judasing me."

I will always remember the piss I took after removing the garrote from my penis. Not just because I had to go so bad, but also because it confirmed that my manhood could still function on the most basic level after being slowly choked out for several hours. Since then, things have been normal. My dick made a full recovery. I look back at the whole experience as a reminder of how much trouble you can get yourself into if you aren't careful, walking out to your own car in your own driveway. I don't smoke weed anymore, not because I have anything against it but because it clearly wasn't working out for me.

So there you go, kids. Don't do, just, any of that stuff up there.

Kevin occasionally writes stuff on the Internet. Want to learn more about Kevin's penis? Hit him up on Twitter!

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