Pigeon caught trying to smuggle drugs into prison
A homing pigeon has been caught trying to smuggle cocaine and cannabis into prison in a bizarre and audacious attempt to get drugs to inmates.
Authorities at the jail in Costa Rica intercepted the bird after it was seen landing in the courtyard with a bag tied to its body.
The drug-smuggling "NarcoPigeon," as it was named by authorities, was apprehended on Tuesday at La Reforma prison, Costa Rica’s biggest penitentiary.
It apparently had 14 grams of cocaine and 14 grams of cannabis in its pouch which authorities immediately confiscated.
It was the first time a homing pigeon was caught being utilised as a drug-smuggler, but authorities said they've found other animals doing criminal's dirty work.
"At other times, they used cats to smuggle drugs in their tails from area to area, but a situation like this is the first time," director of the Costa Rica Penitentiary Police Paul Bertozzi said.
"This is another way of operating with which we face; always seeking new ways to smuggle drugs, and we have to be vigilant."
The bird was taken into custody and was later taken to a zoological bird refuge.