Inmates train pigeon to smuggle drugs into prison

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ALAJUELA, Costa Rica (KTRK) -- Some creative convicts deployed a fellow 'jail bird' to help them smuggle in drugs. Unfortunately for them, it shares their talent of getting caught.

Guards at a prison in Costa Rica say this pigeon was trained by prisoners to smuggle drugs over the fence. When they found the bird, it was carrying 14 grams of marijuana and 14 grams of cocaine in a bird sized fanny pack.

Experts say this particular kind of pigeon is easy to manipulate. It's now being cared for at an animal shelter, putting an end to its life of crime.

In the past, prisoners have used cats, food and other methods to bring in illegal drugs.