Trained Pigeons That Smuggle Drugs and Cell Phones Into Prison

By Expat98 · Jun 28, 2008 · ·
  1. Expat98
    Drugs, phones wing their way to prisoners

    Wed Jun 25, 2008

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A sharp increase in drugs and cellphones found inside a Brazilian prison mystified officials -- until guards spotted some distressed pigeons struggling to stay airborne.

    Inmates at the prison in Marilia, Sao Paulo state had been training carrier pigeons to smuggle in goods using cell phone sized pouches on their backs, a low-tech but ingenious way of skipping the high-tech security that visitors faced.

    "We have sophisticated equipment to search people when they go in, but they avoided this by finding another way to bring in cellphones and drugs," prison director Luciano Gamateli told Globo TV.

    Officials said the pigeons, bred and trained inside the prison, lived on the jail's roof, where prisoners would take their deliveries before smuggling the birds out again through friends and family.

    The scheme was uncovered when guards on the prison walls saw some pigeons struggling to fly.

    Brazil's overcrowded prisons have notoriously lax security, with cell-phone and drug use common among inmates. Two years ago, a powerful Sao Paulo prison gang used cell-phones to orchestrate a wave of attacks against police and public property.


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  1. ChoppedandFaded
    These stories always bring a smile to my face. It just goes to show you, all the technology in the world can not stop idle hands.
  2. drbeer
    wow... This story shows that however people might be restrained, someone will always find a way to circumvent their restrictions.
  3. AntiAimer
    Where there is a will, there is a way.
  4. Dreznik
    been going on for many many many years......

    the symbiotic relations with us and raptors are truly unique.

    trojan horse,

    full condom in ass,

  5. Greenport
    Wonder if they could train pigeons to smuggle drugs in and out of countries then xD.

    Lol "a flock of pigeons were arrested for allegedly smuggling cocaine and marijuana across the mexican border."

    Okay that's not rly how that story would play out but tis a funny thought :p and the idea is would sure cut out the middleman!
  6. Dreznik
    Absolutely = in and out of countries !!

    They can pinpoint a specific target over incredible distances.

  7. Greenport
    Bet someone out there somewhere has or is currently already doing this in one way or another..if prisoners have figured it out surely that means ppl on the outside have as well
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