WEB DESK: When was the last time you heard of a pigeon playing aide in crime? In Costa Rica, a pigeon was arrested by police for transferring drugs to a prison on Friday.
The drugs were contained in a small pouch fixed to its chest.
About 14g of cocaine and at least the same amount of cannabis were inside wrapped in plastic.
The area police released a photo of the pigeon under the title “narcopaloma” translated as “drugs dove”.
Prison officials believe that the pigeon was trained by an inmate to act as courier and transfer drugs to him in prison.
Director of the Penitentiary Police, Paul Bertozzi, told Spanish news agency Efe that it showed the need to be vigilant.
“Drug traffickers are using unimaginable ways to achieve their macabre atrocities,” he said.
“This (use of a pigeon) is nothing new. In the past (the traffickers) have used cats and dogs to pass drugs to prisoners. Now it seems they are using pigeons to carry in their wares from the outside.”
Although it is the first time the Costa Rican authorities said they had come across the practice, it has previously been reported in Argentina in 2013 and Colombia in 2011.
The pigeon was later taken to a zoo where it was expected to remain behind the bars of a cage.
Biologist Oscar Ramirez told Realidad7 that pigeons can be trained to travel several miles with small loads.
During the Second World War, more than 250,000 homing pigeons were used to transport messages between front line Allied troops and top brass, according to the Royal Pigeon Racing Association.