Published: August 26th, 2015
It would seem that pigeons can aspire to be more than just street vermin, as inventive dealers train them to smuggle drugs. According to the guards of La Reforma jail in San Rafael de Alajuela, Costa Rica, a pigeon has been caught attempting to smuggle cannabis and cocaine into the compound in an attempt to supply the inmates.
The pigeon was found by guards with a small backpack strapped to its chest. Upon further inspection, the guards found 14 grams of cannabis and 14 grams of cocaine safely stashed away inside.
Costa Rica’s Ministry of Justice and Peace posted a mugshot of the unfazed pigeon online, calling it a “narcopaloma,” which means “drug dove.” The bird has now been handed over to a local zoo, as it appears to be too domesticated to be released back to the streets.
THE ART OF PIGEON SMUGGLING: AN AGE OLD TRICK
Despite this unusual form of drug smuggling making news headlines, it is nothing particularly new. Sure, it is not a method that has been employed for some time, but using pigeons to transport small packages is an age old practice. Before modern technology, they were mainly used to carry messages and missives across long distances. In May a pigeon was even “detained” in India on suspicion of spying, having been found with an incriminating note – whether authorities thought it was the pigeon that actually penned it is yet to be seen. As ridiculous as it sounds, authorities were unable to get anything out of the pigeon, and had to release it, marking it down as a “suspected spy.”
To have used a pigeon to smuggle drugs into a prison is certainly inventive, if a bit old fashioned. But it just goes to show, you can never tell what is truly going on around you – who knows what could be traveling overhead!