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Prison guards intercept pigeon carrying cellphone to inmates

By
Ben Hooper
Guards at a Brazilian prison intercepted a pigeon with a cellphone and battery strapped to its body. Photo courtesy of the Department of Penitentiary Administration
Guards at a Brazilian prison intercepted a pigeon with a cellphone and battery strapped to its body. Photo courtesy of the Department of Penitentiary Administration

Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Corrections officials in Brazil said prison guards intercepted a pigeon attempting to deliver a cellphone to inmates inside the facility.

The Department of Penitentiary Administration said guards at the Nilton Silva prison in Franco da Rocha spotted some inmates attempting to catch a pigeon Feb. 10 that was wearing a vest-like garment apparently designed for smuggling contraband into the prison.

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The guards intercepted the bird and discovered the vest contained a cellphone and battery.

The investigation is ongoing.

Costa Rica's Ministry of Justice and Peace detailed a similar incident in August 2015 involving a pigeon found wearing a pouch filled with marijuana and cocaine at the La Reforma prison, the country's largest, in San Rafael de Alajuela.

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