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This is pretty smart if you ask me. No one is going to think of suspecting the pigeons with all of todays technology.


SAO PAULO - Inmates have devised an innovative way to smuggle cell phones into a prison farm in Brazil: carrier pigeons.

Guards at the Danilio Pinheiro prison near the southeastern city of Sorocaba last week noticed a pigeon resting on an electric wire with a small cloth bag tied to one of its legs.

"The guards nabbed the bird after luring it down with some food and discovered components of a small cell phone inside the bag," police investigator Celso Soramiglio said Tuesday.
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One day later, another pigeon was spotted dragging a similar bag inside the prison's exercise yard. Inside the bag was the cell phone's charger, Soramiglio said.

The birds were apparently bred and raised inside the prison, smuggled out, outfitted with the cell phone parts and then released to fly back.

"Pigeons instinctively fly back home, always," the investigator said.

Soramiglio said that police have not discovered who raised the pigeons or the name of the inmate who was going to receive the cell phone, but that he hoped the telephone carrier would provide the information.

"Some of them are members of organized crime groups that use cell phones to talk to family and friends and to give and receive orders for criminal actions outside and inside prisons," Soramiglio said.

In 2006, Sao Paulo's notorious First Capital Command used cell phones to coordinate a wave of assaults on police, banks and buses that left more than 200 people dead in South America's largest city.

The gang's leaders are based in prisons, and use smuggled cell phones to plan and execute drug deals, kidnappings and bank robberies.


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We know pigeons are smart.....I'm sorry to hear the pigeons are being used for such activities and what was the fate of these pigeons.... :(
 

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Those must have been some pretty strong pigeons. My cell phone probably weighs as much as my pigeons!
From what I read, there were parts (components) for a cell phone...not the whole phone... :eek:

And, yes, that would be pretty hard for a pij to lug around!

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In 2006, Sao Paulo's notorious First Capital Command used cell phones to coordinate a wave of assaults on police, banks and buses that left more than 200 people dead in South America's largest city.

The gang's leaders are based in prisons, and use smuggled cell phones to plan and execute drug deals, kidnappings and bank robberies.
Why are they still interested in coordinating kidnappings and bank robberies? They are in prison.

"Bred and raised inside the prison" - may be another incident showing that routing training are not always a necessity for homing pigeons ;)
Gee the guards only missed the baby squeakers squeaking on top of their lungs for weeks and pigeons being smuggled out right through their security.

There are some pigeon racers who live on islands and can't do training tosses, they just give them an open loft for flying excercise. And they win races.
 

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How do they get the Pigeons out of the Prison I wonder, to be able to fly back with the Cell Phone parts?


I guess Prison Security there is maybe not too stringent...


Lol...



Well, at least Pigeons are not subject to Statutory violations, and, hence, are not likely to be tried and sentenced to Prison for misdemeanors.
 
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