A pigeon was caught by Canadian authorities after it was discovered the pigeon had a backpack full of crystal meth.
The bird was found in the prison yard at the Pacific Institution correctional facility in Vancouver, Canada.
John Randle who serves as the Pacific regional president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers, stated the pigeon that was captured by correction officers was carrying a miniature backpack with 30 grams of crystal meth.
Randle stated he was shocked to find out about the discovery and would share that the prison in recent years has increased its security against drones dropping contraband.
Authorities apprehend a pigeon wearing a backpack with about 30 grams of crystal meth insidehttps://t.co/SVChsLx6L3 pic.twitter.com/PiyUvPF0zZ
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 11, 2023
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Per Randle, the pigeon was flying around the prison yard freely until correction officers were finally able to successfully set a trap for it.
This isn’t the first time in recent years a criminal has used a pigeon to smuggle drugs.
BBC reported back in 2017, a pigeon carrying 178 ketamin pills was captured by Customs officials in Kuwait.
Kuwait- Pigeon ‘caught with backpack of drugs’, drugs were a form of ketamine, an anaesthetic also used as an illegal party drug. pic.twitter.com/FujUQivYiu
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Historically pigeons have been used as messenger birds.
During WWI and WWII, pigeons were used to send messages back and forth behind enemy lines.
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