Pigeon, pigeon drug, Pigeon caught in Kuwait, on air delivery
A pigeon that was used to smuggle drugs into a prison is pictured in a cage at the Animal Rescue Zoo (Representational image)Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate

For ages, governments and law enforcement agencies across the world have been grappling with the drug menace. But drug cartels, notwithstanding the repeated crackdowns, manage to find workarounds to ply their trade.

A report by the BBC, quoting Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai, say customs officials caught a pigeon carrying a total of 178 pills in a fabric pockets sewn into a miniature backpack. The incident took place near the customs building in the city of Abdali, close to Iran's border with Iraq. The drugs were a form of ketamine, an anesthetic which doubles as an illegal party drug.

Kuwait customs officials have long suspected pigeons being used to carry out the illegal trade but this was the first time they had caught a bird in the act. Pigeons are used to carry lightweight high-value narcotics in some parts of the world.

Using pigeons to ferry packages go back to yore have, thanks to the bird's "homing" instincts. Racing Pigeons can make it back to where it started even after covering long distances. 

An improvised cannon, confiscated in Mexico, to hurl packets of marijuana across a border fence into California to a homemade semi-submersible vessel, seized on land from drug traffickers by Colombian authorities, drug peddlers have used ingenious ways to evade law enforcement agencies. From a woman arrested at an airport carrying almost three pounds of cocaine in her breasts as in-plants to a 19-year-old man feigning disability to get through US-Mexico border with wheelchair stacked with weed to a Nigerian couple arrested for sewing drugs in a lifeless boy to an Indian man who stashed drugs in the rectum, the endless cavalcade of such tales continue to regale and shock us.

Source: BBC