Pigeon Carrying Drugs Caught By Customs Officials In Kuwait


A pigeon wearing a “miniature backpack” containing 178 hundred pills was caught earlier this week by customs officials in Kuwait. The fabric pocket was attached to the back of the bird.

While what type of drugs were confiscated has yet to be confirmed, an Al-Rai journalist claimed that the drugs were a form of ketamine, a dangerous anesthetic that is also used as an illegal party drug.

According to the BBC, drug smugglers were believed to have used the pigeon to fly across the border from Iraq.  

Reportedly custom officials were aware that pigeons, long been known for being able to travel long distances and their powerful “homing” ability, were being used to smuggle drugs but “this was the first time they had caught a bird in the act.”


Sadly though, this is not the first time pigeons have been known to be used to carry narcotics.

In 2015, guards captured a pigeon flying 14 grams of cocaine and 14 grams of cannabis into a prison in Costa Rica.


At the time police director Paul Bertozzi explained to the Independent that the use Narcopalomas, which loosely translates into “drugs dove,” was “nothing new” and that drug traffickers were using “unimaginable ways to achieve their macabre atrocities.”

Similar birds have been used in the past trying to infiltrate drugs into prisons in Colombia, Argentina, and Bosnia.

Tragically, innocent dogs, cats, and iguanas have also reportedly been used to smuggle illegal substances into prisons.

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