Once in the ancient world, pigeons used to carry messages from one place to another but in recent years, pigeons were captured in Costa Rica in 2015 and Argentina in 2017 carrying, among other things, illegal drugs.
In August 2017, police in western Iran seized 100 carrier pigeons used to smuggle drugs.
Jail officials in Bangladesh were also surprised when a pigeon was captured inside Faridpur jail with 100 grams of marijuana.
The jail officials in their report said jail warden Rashedul Islam found the pigeon inside the jail about 2:45 on July 23 with marijuana wrapped around its legs.
‘We did not find any owner of the marijuana and released the pigeon,’ said Faridpur jail superintendent Abdur Rahim, still wondering how the pigeon could reach there.
With 51-acrs of lands, Faridpur jail is surrounded by roads, and currently has nearly 1,200 inmates. Fifty per cent of them were drug addicts, Rahim stated.
Almost every day, they had to chase outsiders who would throw drugs in wrappings.
Rahim told New Age that around 10 wardens work in and outside the jail but often drugs were thrown from outside into the jail compound, despite all vigilance.
On July 29, warden Badal Miah seized 150 grams of marijuana which was also thrown from outside about 10:00am.
‘This kind of incidents take place in day light,’ related Rahim.
Faribpur jail officials said the drug addicts were now desperate to manage any drugs or they caused nuisance inside the jail.
On July 29, a convict, Shihab Bapari, managed to climb to the roof of a one storey-building and threatened to jump on the ground unless he was released.
The jail officials said he finally jumped as the wardens wanted to rescue him.
The inmate was unhurt, the officials said, adding situation was getting worse. Most of these drug addicts and dealers were held in recent drives.
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