Drug smuggling pigeon ring broken

Carrier Pigeon

Carrier Pigeon: Image via Wikipedia

From the BBC:

Colombian police say they have captured a carrier pigeon that was being used to smuggle drugs into a prison.

The bird was trying to fly into a jail in the north-eastern city of Bucaramanga with marijuana and cocaine paste strapped to its back, but did not make it.

Police believe the 45g (1.6 ounce) drug package was too heavy for it. Bucaramanga police commander Jose Angel Mendoza said “This is a new case of criminal ingenuity”. The pigeon is thought to have been trained by inmates or their accomplices.

Police said carrier pigeons had been used in the past to smuggle mobile phone Sim cards into the jail.

Good thing this was Colombia and not Singapore – otherwise the pigeon would be facing capital punishment!!

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