Fanny-pack wearing pigeon found smuggling drugs into prison

ALAJUELA, Costa Rica (CNN) — Inmates of a Costa Rican prison are getting more creative when it comes to sneaking drugs into the facility.

Prison authorities found a fanny-pack like pouch containing 14 grams of marijuana and 14 grams of cocaine strapped to a pigeon.

Police say the pigeon was trained by prisoners, who have used cats, food and other methods to bring in drugs in the past.

The particular kind of pigeon, they say, is easy to manipulate.

The bird is currently under examination in a nearby animal shelter, where it arrived in a state of nervousness and covered in feces.

Once the bird has been caged for 40 days, it will be moved to a larger enclosure with other pigeons.

Animal shelter staff explained the bird cannot be released because it’s accustomed to getting food from a person in exchange for favors. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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