Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Drug smuggling pigeon caught!

Police in Columbia have caught a drug smuggling pigeon after the weight of the drugs loaded onto its back forced it to be grounded before it reached its final destination, a prison in Bucaramanga, north-east Colombia. Police found the bird flapping in vain a block away from the prison. They discovered that the pigeon had 1.6 ounces of marijuana, taped to its back.

Commander of Bucaramanga Metropolitan Police, General Jose Angel Mendoza, said of the animal accomplice: “This is a new case of criminal ingenuity. They were trying to smuggle drugs into Bucaramanga prison by using messenger pigeons. We found the bird about a block away from the prison trying to fly over with a package, but due to the excess weight it was impossible for the bird to accomplish the objective and it ended up being caught by the police.”

Local authorities also state that this isn’t the first time that pigeons have been used to smuggle items into the prison, in the past they have flown in mobile phone sim cards.

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