Drug-Smuggling Pigeon Nabbed
Overloaded bird caught outside prison
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2011 2:57 AM CST
"This is a new case of criminal ingenuity," a police commander said.   (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

(Newser) – Police in Colombia busted a pigeon narco-trafficker after it was caught trying to fly into a prison with too heavy a load. The bird, which is now being cared for by authorities, was found struggling to fly with 40 grams of marijuana and 5 grams of cocaine paste strapped to its wings, the BBC reports. Police, who believe the bird was trained by inmates, say they've caught other pigeons attempting to carry phone cards into the jail.

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Jan 19, 2011 6:44 PM CST
Badly planned operation. They should have injected the bird with 10 mg of cocaine first, then it could have flown into the prison with twice the load of drugs, and done a few more runs as well. But if the guards had caught it, it would probably have informed on the rest of the gang - the columbidae family of birds are notorious for their stool-pigeons.
Jan 19, 2011 4:40 PM CST
Good idea but greed brought it to the ground.
Jan 19, 2011 6:41 AM CST
I' trained an army of ants to carry drugs for me. It worked pretty well until a rival cartel hired an army of anteaters.