Crime

Police Catch Pigeon Smuggling Drugs

| by Michael Doherty

Police in Kuwait have captured a pigeon transporting drugs across the country's border with Iraq.

The small bird was carrying a miniature backpack filled with nearly 200 tablets of ecstasy, Daily Mail reports. Investigators believe that trained pigeons are the latest technique being used to smuggle drugs across borders.

The bird was reported to have been sent out by traffickers in Iraq before it was apprehended in Kuwait. Police caught the animal after it was seen flying around an office block in a city.

In 2011, police in Colombia found a pigeon that couldn't fly over the high wall at a prison because it was carrying a heavy package of cocaine and marijuana, BBC reports. In 2015, prison guards captured a bird carrying marijuana and cocaine in Costa Rica.

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The story captured the imaginations of internet users, who commented on Twitter about the outlandish situation.

"That is some old-school drug dealing right there. Doesn't get much more low-tech than carrier pigeons," tweeted one user.

"How's my pigeon gonna get his rave on now?" joked another.

"Was this pigeon flying erratically with a bottle of water in its wing?" commented another.

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Others wondered about the details of the story.

"Saw this. I'm still super skeptical. How do they know it was coming from Iraq? How did they know to track it? How'd they catch it on a roof?" questioned one user.

In another unusual pigeon story, one of the birds was captured in India on suspicion of being a Chinese spy.

The pigeon, which had a tag with Chinese numbers, was caught near the border of China and India on May 20, according to Daily Mail. The village that discovered the bird feared that it might be part of a Chinese espionage program and turned it over to authorities.

Officials have suggested that the bird may have been used for research, but authorities have not commented on whether the pigeon had any recording or tracking equipment on it.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has advised those on the border to be "vigilant" about transgressions by China, according to the Times of India.

"Due to perceptional differences, there have been transgression by the Chinese PLA in the past," said Singh. "Such incidents have come down now. Sometimes armies of both the countries come face to face which we call face-off. Such incidents are resolved through the existing mechanism."

The minister later clarified at a press conference that the country's relationship with China was "good" and that the two nations are sorting out their differences in discussions.

Sources: BBC, Daily Mail (2), Times of India, Cass Lowe/Twitter / Photo credit: Robert Claypool/Flickr

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