A Pigeon Caught with a Tiny Backpack of Meth in a Prison Yard
Pigeons have a long history of smuggling drugs—and also wearing tiny backpacks, apparently.
A pigeon carrying a little backpack full of meth was discovered in a Canadian jail yard, continuing a decades-long legacy of avian drug smuggling.
According to the CBC, the bird was caught at the Pacific Institution in Abbotsford, British Columbia, in late December.
The Union for Canadian Correctional Police’ John Randle, the Pacific area president, told the CBC that when officers discovered the bird, it was in an inmate yard and had a small bag with 30 grams of meth on its back.
Randle remarked, “They had to corner it. You can picture what trying to catch a pigeon might look like.”
He claimed that after “a considerable amount of time,” they managed to trap the bird, seize the pills, and release it.
According to news sources, the incident is being investigated by Corrections Canada.
History of Smuggling
It is a known fact that birds have been used to smuggle drugs into prisons. This is typically done by attaching small packages of drugs to the legs or bodies of birds, which are then trained to fly into prison yards.
The birds may be trained to land on a specific spot within the prison yard, or they may be trained to drop the packages of drugs at a specific location. This method of drug smuggling is difficult to detect and prevent, as it is difficult to track the movements of birds.
Additionally, the use of birds in this manner is relatively low-risk for the smugglers of this illegal activity as birds do not have the ability to communicate or be interrogated by law enforcement agencies.
In Brazil in 2011, a group of inmates at a prison in Sao Paulo were caught using a group of parrots to smuggle drugs into the prison. The parrots were trained to fly over the prison walls and drop small packets of drugs at specific locations within the prison yard.
In Colombia in 2012, authorities discovered that drug traffickers were using pigeons to smuggle drugs into a prison in the city of Villavicencio. The traffickers would attach small packets of drugs to the legs of the pigeons, which would then fly into the prison yard and drop the packages for inmates to collect.
In Mexico in 2013, a group of inmates at a prison in Culiacan were caught using a flock of sparrows to smuggle drugs into the prison. The sparrows were trained to fly through a hole in the prison walls, where they would drop small packets of drugs for inmates to collect.
In Ecuador in 2015, a man was arrested for using a parrot to smuggle cell phones and drugs into a prison. He had trained the parrot to fly into the prison yard, and drop the packages of drugs and cell phones in specific locations.
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