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Fanny pack-wearing pigeon caught smuggling drugs into prison

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(Aug. 18, 2015)– Inmates of a Costa Rican prison are getting more creative when it comes to sneaking drugs into the facility.

Pigeon trained to smuggle drugs into prison

Pigeon trained to smuggle drugs into prison

Prison authorities found a fanny pack-like pouch containing 14 grams of marijuana and 14 grams of cocaine strapped to a pigeon. They say the pigeon was trained by prisoners, who have used cats, food, and other methods to bring in illegal drugs in the past.

This particular kind of pigeon, they say, is easy to manipulate. The bird is currently under examination in a nearby animal shelter, where it arrived in a state of nervousness and covered in feces.

Once it’s been cared for 40 days, it will be moved to its new home–a larger enclosure with other birds of the same species.

Animal shelter staff explained the bird cannot be released because it’s used to getting food from a person in exchange for favors.