Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Brazil: PIGEONS USED TO SMUGGLE CELLPHONES TO PRISONERS

Police say inmates are using carrier pigeons to smuggle cellphones onto a prison farm in southeastern Brazil.

Police inspector Celso Soramiglio says guards at a prison near the city of Sorocaba caught a pigeon last Wednesday with components of a small cellphone inside a bag tied to one of its legs.

A day later, another pigeon was found with a bag containing a cellphone charger.

The birds apparently were bred and raised inside the prison, smuggled out, outfitted with the cellphone parts and then released to fly back.

Soramiglio noted that pigeons “instinctively fly back home - always.”

He says police photographed the pigeons and then released them.

Source: AP, March 31, 2009

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