A Pigeon Was Smuggling Drugs Across The Border
Necessity is the mother of invention, or so the saying goes. And a pigeon carrying a small backpack filled ketamine pills across the border is a perfect example of that. If anything, this idea combines both the past and the present, in terms of ideas.
In any case, the “illegal smuggler” was apprehended by customs officials in Kuwait, close to the border with Iraq, as reported Kuwaiti by the al-Rai newspaper. The literal backpack, though tiny, contained a total of 178 ketamine pills – an anaesthetic drug that’s also used at parties illegally.
The pigeon was caught near the customs building in Abdali, close to the border with Irag. They told the BBC that customs officials were already aware of the use of pigeons in transporting drugs across their border, but this was actually the first time they actually caught one red-handed, well, red-winged, to be more exact.
And the Iraq-Kuwait border is not the first place where a pigeon was used to carry lightweight, yet high-value drugs. Back in 2015, Cost Rican prison guards caught another such pigeon carrying both cocaine and marijuana in a zipped pouch. Similarly, back in 2011, Colombian police also caught a pigeon unable to fly over a prison wall because its package was too heavy.
And as most of us know, the idea of using pigeons is not new. The ancient Romans were using them to carry messages back and forth between large distances. Now, if they were carrying drugs, we don’t know. Probably they weren’t illegal back then – the drugs they did have at the time, of course.
A pigeon can return to its nest from hundreds of kilometres away, so taking advantage of this isn’t such a revolutionary idea. What would be interesting, however, would be to see how people realised this about pigeons in the first place. We’re saying this in light of the idea that, not that long ago, people believed that birds flew to the moon for the winter.