Pigeon Flying Drugs Into Prison Caught

Pigeon Flying Drugs Into Prison CaughtPigeon Flying Drugs Into Prison Caught

A pigeon smuggling cocaine and cannabis into a prison in Costa Rica has been caught by guards.

The bird was seen landing in the central concourse of the medium security La Reforma jail, in San Rafael de Alajuela, where it was taken into custody.

The drugs were contained in a small zipped up pouch strapped to the bird’s chest. About 14g of cocaine and at least the same amount of cannabis were inside wrapped in plastic.

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Justice and Peace released the animal’s mugshot under the headline caption “narcopaloma”, meaning “drugs dove”, and listing the date of its detention, reports

The drugs had a street value of around $281.

Prison officials said they believe the drugs were destined for use by an inmate who may have trained the pigeon to act as a courier.

The pigeon was later taken to a zoo where it was expected to remain behind the bars of a cage.